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4/8 - DCRTV hears that Dana McKay, who recently got plunked into the midday slot at CBS's hot adult contemporary WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM, also takes the assistant program director role at the station. In addition, she'll be working as a social media manager with CBS Radio's DC cluster, focusing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.....

4/7 - The rumors are flying. Has WTOP's website been hit by a cyber attack? Or is it a DNS internet address issue? Whatever, many have been having difficulty reaching all-newser WTOP's popular website for a second day. "We are aware of an issue with the WTOP website," the Hubbard all-newser has posted on its Twitter feed. "We are working with our developers to resolve it as soon as possible." Some listeners say they can access wtop.com but not wtopnews.com, while others say they can't reach the site at all via either address. Some have experienced intermittant WTOP site outages since midday Wednesday, while others say the site's been completely unreachable for a second day, into Thursday. WTOP's site was hit with a publicized cyber attack back in May 2013. More as we hear it.....

4/7 - DCRTV hears that Steve Hartman is leaving his gig as sales manager for CBS's 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, to work for the Orioles organization. More soon.....

4/5 - Over the weekend, iHeart fired up a new low-power FM translator from Montgomery County on 104.7. It's currently relaying the main signal of contemporary hits WIHT, Hot 99.5, but there's speculation that it could soon switch to WIHT's HD2 subchannel which relays Pride Radio, a gay-oriented dance music service. That's if the Federal Communications Commission doesn't receive too many complaints from the listeners of Hagerstown's country WAYZ, which is a full-power outlet on 104.7 with coverage that extends into the western DC suburbs, including portions of Montgomery and Fairfax counties.....

4/4 - DCRTV hears that Cameron Thompson, a reporter for CBS Radio newser WNEW, 99.1, before it went belly-up in December, has joined the new 10 PM newscast at Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW, which starts April 18. He'll be a multimedia jounalist. The half-hour nightly program will be anchored and produced by Tribune's Richmond outlet, Channel 6/WTVR, with a staff of DC-based reporters.....

4/1 - DCRTV's annual April Fools Day news prank for 2016.....

DC101 Hires Don & Mike For Mornings - 4/1 - iHeartMedia rocker DC101, WWDC, has hired DC radio greats Don Geronimo and Mike O'Meara (right) for mornings, replacing Elliot Segal, who moves to afternoons, starting April 18. The station has been suffering anemic ratings the past year and iHeart's Rockville management says it plans to move the longtime rocker in more of a "guy talk" direction, with less music. Geronimo, whose been doing a radio show and a podcast in Sacramento, and O'Meara, who currently does a podcast from Florida, both plan to move back to the DC area as they resurrect their "Don And Mike Show," which ended in 2008 after a 17-year run on CBS's WJFK. With the changes, DC101 will be all-talk in morning and afternoon drives, with rock tunes in middays, evenings, and overnights. "But that could change," a station suit tells us. "We're looking at a number of talk personalities for other dayparts. We currently have five major FMers in the DC market and they're all music-based. I guess you could call the changes at DC101 a definite move to talk, a format that we feel has plenty of room for growth, especially in DC." No word, yet, about whether Don and Mike will also feature their WJFK cast of characters, such as sidekick Robb Spewak and newsman Buzz Burbank. With DC101's move to talk, iHeart says it plans to widen the playlist at sister WBIG, 100.3, with more alt rock tunes added to its classic hits staples.....

3/31 - DC media veteran Carol Joynt tells us that she's been hired as a guest producer with Chris Matthews' DC-based "Hardball" show at MSNBC. "My last job in network news was with 'Hardball,' also as a producer, in 2000," says Joynt, who got her start as a writer with Walter Cronkite at CBS News in the 1970s. But then she inherited Nathan's restaurant in Georgetown from her late husband - and that became a fulltime job. That led her to start "The Q&A Cafe" occasional series of restaurant-set DC media powerbroker interviews in 2001. Due to her new MSNBC gig, Joynt says she still plans to do additional "Q&A" episodes this year, including one in May with "Garden And Gun" columnist Julia Reed, but will scale back a bit.....

3/22 - A man who was shot in Southeast DC on Tuesday approached a Channel 7/WJLA news crew. Police responded to the 4400 block of E Street at approximately 12:47 PM. According to wjla.com, the man, who approached an ABC7 reporter and cameraman stationed in the area, was conscious and breathing. The victim told ABC7 Photographer Mike Vaughn, "I've been shot," and requested water. The crew then helped the man sit down along a nearby curb. The suspect in the shooting is still at large, according to WJLA.....

3/22 - It looks like former CNN anchor and current George Washington University professor Frank Sesno wasn't the only local journalist featured in this season's "House Of Cards" ninth episode, seen on Netflix. Voice Of America's Carolyn Presutti is featured in a scene with Kevin Spacey. She's a "fake" TV anchor on the TV set in Spacey's hotel room. According to washingtonpost.com, Presutti says she was assigned to read a page-and-a-half news copy but we hear none of it, only see her.....

3/21 - A woman flashed her breasts over the weekend behind a Channel 7/WJLA reporter reporting from Arlington. The video is on YouTube. More at arlnow.com.....

3/21 - Hearst's ratings-challenged Baltimore news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, gives Clarence Mitchell IV and his "C4 Show" more time. Now running from 9 AM to 1 PM. With Derek Hunter losing the noon hour. He'll now air from 1 PM to 3 PM. Hunter, who also writes for Townhall.com and the Daily Caller, will also be a political analyst on other WBAL shows along with Mitchell.....

3/18 - Cumulus announces that it has re-signed Ashley Nickels as midday personality of hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, and also gives her the music director position. She joined WRQX in 2014 as night host. Before that, she did nights at contemporary hits KDND in Sacramento.....

3/18 - Tony Siragusa, the former Colts and Ravens defensive tackle who has been a roving sideline personality for nearly a decade on Fox Sports, won't return next season. More at thebiglead.com.....

3/18 - Frank Sesno, the former CNN anchor who now teaches at George Washington University, gets lots of reaction to his news cameo performamnce in the latest season of Netflix's "House Of Cards." More at washingtonpost.com.....

3/16 - The Maryland Transit Administration will launch a radio station in Baltimore Thursday. According to the Baltimore Sun, the Maryland Transportation Channel on WTTZ, 93.5 FM, will be the first new radio station in Baltimore since 1988. It will offer traffic, transit, and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport information. Also, the MTA station will feature news from the Maryland Aviation Administration, the State Highway Administration, the Maryland Port Administration, and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. The WTTZ launch at 10:30 AM Thursday will be simulcast on an already existing MTA outlet, WMVK, 107.3 FM, and include a live presentation of the new station's traffic and transportation feature, according to the Sun.....

3/15 - On Tuesday, the WNEW call letters officially moved from CBS Radio's former DC area all-newser on 99.1, now being leased to Bloomberg for business news, back to NYC. The DC area's 99.1 is now WDCH. Those legendary WNEW call letters graced NYC's 102.7 for decades, mainly as a rocker, before CBS farmed them out to Florida and then to DC. "Of course CBS moved the WNEW-FM calls around to control them, so nobody else could use them in New York," according to Tom Taylor Now. Up until today, NYC's 102.7 had featured the WWFS call letters and the "Fresh" hot adult contemporary format like what CBS runs on DC's WIAD, as "94.7 Fresh FM." DCRTV wonders: Does that mean CBS is getting ready to sell 99.1 to Bloomberg instead of just leasing it? CBS pulled the plug on its almost four-year-old WNEW all-newser in December. More as we hear it.....

3/14 - DCRTV hears that anchor and reporter Bruce Johnson (right) will celebrate his 40th anniversary at Channel 9/WUSA on Tuesday, March 15. He arrived at what was then WTOP-TV in 1976 from Cincinnati, where he had just completed grad school and was reporting for WCPO-TV. Johnson was part of the late News Director Jim Snyder's "dream team" at the then Washington Post-owned station, lead by anchors Gordon Peterson and Max Robinson and reporters JC Hayward and Maureen Bunyan.....

3/14 - New Cumulus CEO Mary Berner admitted that firing longtime morning man Jack Diamond three years ago was a mistake. On a Thursday conference call with investors, she said that cutting Diamond, who did get re-hired in late 2015, was "symptomatic of an overzealous focus on expense reduction, without accurate analysis of the potential ratings impact." That resulted in "a dramatic decline in revenue." Since then, Cumulus programmer Mike McVay has restored WRQX's Mix 107.3 identity and hot adult contemporary format after a ratings-troubled switch to contemporary hits as DC's 107.3 with Sarah Fraser in mornings. The latest ratings still don't show much of a rebound for the station.....

3/11 - The DC hotel death of Mikhail Lesin, 57, who helped create RT or Russia Today, the Russian government's English-language news and public affairs international television network, was caused by blunt force trauma wounds and not a heart attack as inititally reported. The DC Medical Examiner's Office reports that Lesin had suffered a blow to the head and also had extensive trauma wounds elsewhere on his body after he was found dead in a Dupont Circle hotel in November 2015. More at washingtonpost.com.....

3/6 - Condolences to DC radio great Bill Mayhugh, whose wife of 57 years, Shirley, died February 28. She was 81. They'd been living in Northern Virginia. More at legacy.com. Bill's DC area radio career started in 1949 at WFAX, with stints at WOL and WPIK. He's most noted for his multiple decades at WMAL, playing overnight music back when the station had a "full service" format. Check out this 2007 "Out Of The Past" interview with Bill at veoh.com.....

2/27 - The Washington Post tours the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives in Building 41 of UDC's Van Ness campus. Grant was a revered jazz host on DC radio for nearly 50 years, including many years doing evenings on WMAL. The archives named for him include tens of thousands of recordings as well as articles, awards, posters, and photos.....

2/19 - Nationally syndicated DC area-based righty radio talker Mark Levin will start his subscription-based "Levin TV" at levintv.com. At the same time he's announced a nine-year extension of his radio show deal with Westwood One, Levin debuts the streaming video service, which will be produced five days a week in a studio built exclusively for the show. Launch date is March 7 and live airtime is 9 PM. Yearly subscriptions are $59 if you sign up before March 7. After that, they're $69 or $7.99 a month. Levin, who does his show from his Loudoun County home, is heard locally on WMAL, 105.9/630.....

2/16 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that south Asian Radio Zindagi, via WCTN, 950 AM, from Potomac-Cabin John, wants a low-power FM simulcast on 95.9 FM. And it's relocating a translator from Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley down to the DC area. This interloper assures the FCC it won't interfere with CBS Radio's second-adjacent WPGC on 95.5 or Howard University's second-adjacent WHUR on 96.3, according to Taylor. The buyer, WCTN's owner, is NYC-based Win Radio, headed by Richard Yoon, and it's paying $75,000 for it.....

2/16 - DCRTV hears that there's another former WNEW reporter heading to a new gig. Jim McKay announces that he's joining Fox News Headlines 24/7 in NYC to be an anchor on that new channel.....

2/15 - CBS is not done with 99.1, apparently. Sources tell DCRTV that leasing the Anne Arundel County-based transmitter that used to air all-newser WNEW to Bloomberg may be a temporary measure. There was talk in December, back when CBS pink-slipped the remaining 20+ employees of the almost four-year-old local news outlet, the lease deal to Bloomberg, for business news Bloomberg 99.1, might lead to a sale deal. Taking CBS-DC's stable of five major FMers down to four. Now, we're hearing that CBS might again be thinking about programming its 99.1 signal and, believe it or not, is not ruling out something in the news and/or talk format category. This after WNEW's news format failed to score above 20th place since its launch in January 2012. Stay tuned.....

2/15 - DCRTV hears that Taylor Shay, who's been doing the midday shift at CBS's hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, is gone. Her page at 947freshfm.cbslocal.com has gone blank. She's been replaced by Dana McKay, who moves from nights.....

2/15 - DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan are back together again with a new half-hour chat about lots of media stuff that happened in the DC area during the past few months, including the demise of WNEW, the attempted resurrection of Mix 107.3 with Jack Diamond, and the ratings slump hitting DC101. Plus, a Don and Mike update, why Dan Snyder should sell ESPN 980, and memories of Howard Stern on WJFK. And much more in the latest Sadly Lacking Radio podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

2/12 - Radio syndicator Westwood One extends its contract with righty radio talker Mark Levin for nine more years, into 2025. Levin, who's heard locally WMAL, 105.9/630, and WCBM, 680, does his show from a studio in his Loudoun County home. He was an attorney for several members of President Reagan's cabinet in the 1980s. Currently, he's president of the Landmark Legal Foundation and author of numerous books.....

2/10 - Come Monday, February 15, NewsChannel 8's "Late Night Report" will be expanding from 30 minutes to a full hour, and will be renamed "NewsChannel 8 At 10 PM, Powered By ABC7 News." The revamped newscast will be anchored by Channel 7/WJLA anchors Jonathan Elias and Michelle Marsh, with weather by Steve Rudin. Elias and Marsh also anchor WJLA's 4 PM newscast. Both WJLA and NC8 are owned by Sinclair.....

2/3 - Last week DCRTV told you about a rumor we're hearing that Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW, a CW affiliate, could launch the market's second 10 PM newscast in 2016. DC is largest market in the country to only have one 10 PM newscast - NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles all have at least two competing early late night newscasts, many of them provided by Tribune-owned stations. Now, we're hearing that the new newscast could very well come from Tribune's Richmond VA station, Channel 6/WTVR, which is a CBS affiliate and has a full-service news department. Management of the new newscast would be located there, with a half dozen reporters based at WDCW in DC. More as we hear it.....

2/3 - Yesterday, February 2, was officially proclaimed "Glenn Harris Day." The DC City Council was honoring the NewsChannel 8 sports talk host for his 40-plus years of broadcasting service. Harris (right), a DC native, retired in December after hosting NC8's nightly "SportsTalk" show for 25 years. More at wjla.com.....

2/3 - Netflix's "House Of Cards" will return to Maryland to film its fifth season. The return was expected by some, given the large commitment to infrastructure made with soundstages and sets in Harford County since the production set up shop in 2012, according to baltimoresun.com. There has been talk that the DC-set political drama would follow HBO DC-set political comedy "Veep" from Maryland to California after some Maryland legislators balked about giving the shows continued state tax breaks. Season 4 of "House Of Cards" debuts March 4.....

2/3 - Country WFRE, 99.9, tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Frederick. It's been tops since 1993. Hot adult contemporary Key 103, WAFY, ranks second, posting its highest numbers since 2011. DC all-newser WTOP is in third, via its 103.9 WTLP simulcast.....

2/2 - From DCRTV's Mailbag: "Yesterday, Hubbard applied to move The Gamut's current FM signal on 104.5 to Northwest [DC] (apparently the Fox 5 tower) and rebroadcast Spanish 1050 WBQH with 250-watts: fccdata.org." The 104.5 translator is currently located in Sterling.....

2/1 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that former DC biz-talker Dawn Bennett faces SEC fines of up to $15 million. Bennett, however, boycotted last week's proceeding, as she protests the way the SEC is handling her case. The former brokered-time buyer on Salem talker WWRC, 1260, doesn't think it's fair to be heard by an administrative law judge who wasn't appointed by the SEC commissioners, according to TTN. So she didn't show for last week's hearing, at which she was slapped with a fine of as much as $15 million. The enforcement agency also wants to ban Bennett from doing further work as a financial advisor. Last year, she was accused of misstating the size of assets under her firm's management, to inflate her ranking among financial advisors.....

2/1 - Radio One pays $50,000 for a Pittsburgh area low-power signal on 97.9 that it plans to move to the DC area for an FM simulcast of urban walker WOL, 1450. Obviously, WOL won't be able to keep the relay on 97.9, which is occupied by Baltimore powerhouse 98 Rock, WIYY, which can be heard throughout the DC market.....

1/30 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to purchase independently-owned Tennis Channel for $350 million. Sinclair will acquire the assets of the 24-hour channel, which currently has 30 million subscribers. Sinclair stated that it has already negotiated agreements with a number of distributors to add an additional 20 million homes to the network’s subscriber count. More at multichannel.com. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 45/WBFF, Channel 7/WJLA, and NewsChannel 8.....

1/28 - Weeks ago, a 250-watt signal based in Great Falls on 98.3 started airing Hubbard's The Gamut, which features an eclectic mix of rock, soul, and pop. Now, we hear that the owner of the 98.3 signal is seeking to move it to Bethesda, which will give The Gamut metro-wide FM coverage. More at fccdata.org. The Gamut can currently be heard on low-power 104.5 in Sterling, 820 in Frederick, and via a WTOP HD Radio digital subchannel....

1/27 - DCRTV hears a rumor that Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW, a CW affiliate, could very well launch the market's second 10 PM newscast in 2016. Giving Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG some competition. DC is largest market in the country to only have one 10 PM newscast - NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles all have at least two competing early late night newscasts, many of them provided by Tribune-owned stations. More as we hear it.....

1/25 - My take on DC media blizzard coverage: As a cable TV cord cutter, I watched a lot of 4, 5, and 9's coverage of the blizzard (7's signal is rather crappy at my location in Reston). Easily, 4 was the best. Their mix of anchors, reporters, and weather folks was pretty near perfect. I really like Doug Kammerer. OK, the Pat Collins "snow stick schtick" is getting kinda old, but it was tolerable. 5 & 9 weren't bad, but they were far more "silly" and "jokey" than 4. I couldn't watch either for more than a few minutes. As always, 9's Topper and Howie were great. Most of the time, though, I was getting info from the WaPo's "Capital Weather Gang" and weather.com. I probably spent the most time listening to radio coverage on WTOP, which is always excellent, although somewhat repetitive at times. Also listened to some WMAL, when then they were interrupting their "raging righties" for some storm "variety." I haven't gotten my print Washington Post for the past few days. I really thought I couldn't live without it, but I'm actually finding that I can. Quite well. Hmmm.....

1/21 - A new signal for Hubbard's eclectic music The Gamut - W252DC, 98.3, licensed to Reston with a tower pumping about 200-watts from Great Falls. The Gamut remains on 104.5 from a tower near Sterling, 820 from Frederick, and via the digital HD3 subchannels of WTOP's 103.5, 103.9, and 107.7 signals.....

1/19 - DC radio news veteran Max Cacas (right) died December 8 of a heart attack. He was 61. The Washington Post got around to running a short "Of Note" two paragraph obituary in its January 19 print edition, with no mention on its website. Many DCRTV readers say the Post should have run a more substantial article considering Cacas's lengthy, four-decade news radio career in the DC area, which included positions at NPR, WTOP, Federal News Radio, WAMU, WASH, WXTR, and at then all-newser WAVA. His widow, Lisa Myers, tells us: "He died on December 8 and by December 11 I'd submitted obituary information to the Post's obit office. It was weeks before they finally got back to me and promised that a reporter would contact me. Last week a very nasty reporter contacted me and dismissively asked me a few questions about Max. He was very rude. And now, six weeks to the day that he died they're finally running his obituary. I'm so upset. It's just like salt in the wound".....

1/19 - Today's the big day of change for new morning line-ups on three Radio One outlets in DC. At WKYS, 93.9, "The Fam" with QuickSilva and Lil Mo premieres. According to a company announcement, they'll provide listeners with "the inside track on entertainment, sports and pop-culture, while playing today's biggest hip-hop and R&B hits." "The Fam" transitions to DC from Baltimore, where it's been occupying the afternoon slot on WERQ, 92.3, to replace "The Russ Parr Morning Show," which moves to WMMJ, Majic 102.3. QuickSilva has been a DJ on the Parr's show since 2012. Additionally, Britt Waters, Parr's associate producer, joins the "The Fam" as executive producer and entertainment reporter. Also, Tom Joyner's show moves from WMMJ to WOL, 1450. The rumor is that when Joyner's syndication contract ends with Radio One's Reach Media at the end of 2016, Parr will replace him on a nationwide basis.....

1/19 - In an "Editor's Note" on page A2 of its Tuesday print edition, the Washington Post admits that three articles that appeared in its Federal Eye blog and in print "contained passages that were largely duplicated, without attribution, from stories on the Government Executive website." The articles in question appeared in August 2015 and January 2016. "The articles contained eight sentences or paragraphs that were taken, verbatim or very nearly so, from Government Executive," according to the "Editor's Note," which formally apologized for "these serious lapses".....

1/9 - Baltimore-based Sinclair is expanding its American Sports Network from weekend programming to 24/7 every day. The new fulltime feed can be seen via Channel 24/WUTB's 24.3 subchannel in Baltimore. More at americansportsnet.com.....

1/7 - DCRTV hears from a Channel 9/WUSA insider that sports anchor Dave Owens will be leaving the Tegna station in February. More soon.....

1/4 - In 2016, the Sports Junkies celebrate their 20th year on DC area radio. In 1996, the four guys from from Prince George's County brought their public access television show to 106.7, then "guy talker" WJFK. After doing a stint on alt rocker WHFS back when it was on 99.1, they moved to their current morning slot on WJFK after Howard Stern left for satellite radio in 2006, before WJFK flipped to sports talk in 2009. To commemorate their 20th anniversary, each Thursday the Junkies will air a classic segment, with listeners voting which clip will air. Voting begins each Monday. The most-voted-upon clip will air in full as the Junkies' "Throwback Thursday" segment. More at washington.cbslocal.com.....

1/1 - A Rant from DCRTV Dave: The Washington Post in 2016. More and more boomers like me will drop their subscriptions to the newspaper as it become increasingly irrelevant for us. While Jeff Bezos continues to reorient his paper to youth oriented millennials, who are earning a lot less than their parents did. The print paper, which still generates most of the company's ad revenue, will slide way below 300,000 subscribers while millennial traffic to its website will continue to surge. However they'll all be using ad blockers on their tablets and phones and Bezos will lose even more money on his DC news operation, which will continue its transformation more into a national news focus as the unofficial Amazon Post. But it won't matter because he's so rich anyway. The Post will remain the third best American newspaper, as it continues distancing itself from the far superior New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.....

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