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8/7 - From Tom Taylor Now: Marlin Taylor (right) was there for the birth of radio's "beautiful" easy listening music format more than 50 years ago, and he's been busy for the last decade and a half with DC-based XM and now SiriusXM. He's currently programming the Escape beautiful music channel - the one that's being shunted off the satellite lineup to online and app. Yesterday they held a "retirement gathering" for him at the satcaster's DC headquarters. Taylor is turning 80, and he'll be leaving SiriusXM at the end of the month. That should give him time to prepare for his November 20 Hall Of Fame induction by the Broadcast Pioneers Of Philadelphia. His radio career dates back to the early 1960s, when he was in DC, helping a new FMer get on the air. Over the years, he's been instrumental in the development and success of easy listening stations in NYC, Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco.....

8/6 - Donnie Simpson returns to the DC radio dial. Is he too old too attract the young pairs of ears that radio advertisers crave? Jack Diamond loses yet another radio gig - and it looks like he won't be returning to WRQX any time soon. Plus, former WTEMer Chris Russell re-joins WJFK. And some rantings about Windows 10. In the latest "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast with DCRTV's webmaster Dave and DC media guru Jonathan. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

7/30 - 98 Rock brings back Mickey Cucchiella. For now, anyway. More cuts at ESPN. Very low ratings at DC's ESPN 980, WTEM. Could the new "Man Cave" be to blame? And more in this week's chat with DCRTV Dave and DC radio guru Jonathan in his "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

7/28 - Yesterday, DCRTV ran a some rumors from an unnamed source at Channel 9/WUSA that hinted that the new Tegna management at the station is pushing longtime news anchor Derek McGinty (right) out. Now, we hear from another anonymous source that "McGinty is not going anywhere. He's got two years left on a contract (and the) station wants to expand with another anchor. Derek's been doing almost every show 5-6-7 and 11 since Jan Jeffcoat has been on maternity leave and could use a break." And, as for rumors that Assistant News Director Jay Mishkin is also on the way out, we're told: "Jay also has been overworked doing a number of jobs and could use some help, again a possible new position that would be hired would be an expansion. Jay is charge of all the producers and is not going to be demoted." Also, regarding a charge that veteran reporter Andrea McCarren is not being used to her full capacity, we're told that she "still does her investigative stories. Training a service dog was her and her photog's idea and is done in addition to her regular reporting." And, we're told, "There have been a couple of suspensions and a firing of behind the scenes personnel, nothing out of the ordinary there. The newsroom is not 'roiled' its just change for the better, possibly hiring some new people to help".....

7/27 - As announced on the "Justin, Scott And Spiegel" morning show today, former 98 Rock morning host Mickey Cucchiella returns to the Hearst active rocker's airwaves for a limited engagement with "Mickey's Summer Job." Mickey will be doing the 7 PM to midnight shift Mondays through Fridays, starting tonight, July 27, and running through September 4.....

7/27 - A well-placed source tells us that the Channel 9/WUSA newsroom is "roiled" by two recent job postings. One for a main male anchor - probably for Derek McGinty's (right) job. And the other for an assistant news director - a job currently occupied by Jay Mishkin. The other thing roiling staffers is the Andrea McCarren "dog raising stunt. One of DC's best investigative reporters (has been) relegated to dog stories," we're told. There have also been a series of suspensions and firings at the Tegna (formerly Gannett) station, we hear. More soon.....

7/23 - More about Jack Diamond's possible return to DC's 107.3. Whatever happened to "the world's oldest call screener" Joe Ardinger of "Don And Mike Show" fame? How many DC TV and radio weathercasters does it take to get a forecast overly hyped? Spanky gets Fresh. And much more as DCRTV Dave chats with DC media guru Jonathan in this week's "Sadly Lacking Radio" poscast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

7/21 - Last week, many of the radio trade publications reported that CBS Radio had made a batch of long-rumored cuts at stations nationwide. But, DCRTV hears from numerous local sources that the company is by no means done with the pink-slips - even after 200 jobs went missing coast-to-coast earlier this month. "There is much more to come," a CBS-DC source tells us. "More high level cuts coming. More on-air and programming cuts coming." We're also been told about a number of closed-door meetings with CBS-DC execs, including market manager Steve Swenson, who is said to be "a complete wreck" about corporate-commanded cuts that his local team will be required to make. We are also told that, for the time being, CBS is not planning any local format flips, including the rumored removal of the news talk programming at WNEW, 99.1 FM, which has been a significent revenue drain on the DC cluster with its lack of ratings traction since being launched in early 2012. Besides WNEW, CBS also owns WPGC, WJFK-FM/AM, WLZL, and WIAD.....

7/21 - Despite the rumors of more cuts at CBS Radio in DC, there has been at least one new hire. DCRTV hears that Fernando "Spanky" Macchiavello, a veteran of the old adult contemporary Mix 107.3 back when Jack Diamond was around, has joined CBS Radio here in DC. And has been doing weekend work on 94.7 Fresh FM and may also be heard on El Zol. His background includes many talents, including production, board work, and on-air gigs.....

7/21 - Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM, is helping to put together the Baltimore music-education program Believe In Music, which will release "Believe In Baltimore," a song-and-music-video collaboration. Following Baltimore's spring riots, the project involves Sam Sessa, the local music coordinator at WTMD. "What began as an exercise in self-expression quickly evolved into a partnership between WTMD and Believe In Music, and the result is one of the largest Baltimore music collaborations in recent memory," according to the Baltimore Sun.....

7/21 - Local columnist John Kelly takes a look back at progressive rocker WHFS, which broadcast from Bethesda in the 1970s and early 1980s on 102.3 FM. At washingtonpost.com.....

7/20 - Bob Phillips, CBS Radio's Baltimore market manager, will take on additional duties as the firm's national director of sales while continuing to oversee the Baltimore cluster. That's among a batch of management changes announced today by new CBS Radio President Andre Fernandez.....

7/17 - Jeff Boden, who from 1993 to 2012 worked in management, including the market manager position, at ABC-then-Citadel-now-Cumulus's DC radio cluster of WMAL, WRQX, and now-defunct WJZW/WVRX, is the new group head of Wilmington-based Delmarva Broadcasting, which owns a dozen radio stations in Delaware and eastern Maryland. He succeeds the retiring Pete Booker. Most recently, Boden has been running a marketing firm and had opened a store in Bethesda for Embroidme, a uniform printing and embroidery business.....

7/16 - More on Chris Russell leaving ESPN 980. How come WMAL's Chris Plante can say the most outrageous things and nobody complains. Because nobody's listening! More on those CBS Radio cuts. And why WTOP doesn't deserve a Marconi. As DCRTV Dave does his weekly chat with DC media guru Jonathan in his Sadly Lacking Radio podcast.....

7/15 - Buzz McClain pens a profile of DC talk radio great Chris Core in the July edition of Northern Virginia magazine. Read all about Core's radio career, which included several decades at WMAL working with Bill Trumbull and doing his own show, and his current "Core Values" commentary work at WTOP. "Getting To The Core" is at northernvirginiamag.com.....

7/15 - Frank McCaffrey, a former DC-based Fox News producer who was also an area news anchor, will be moving to upstate New York for a job with WICZ-TV in Binghamton as the managing editor and lead anchor. "I am excited for this move. It seems that the time is right to make my resume longer and more confusing," says McCaffrey. "In this role, I will be helping to develop the younger talent. There seems to be some good prospects in that station who will give the business the bright future it deserves." McCaffrey recently completed a movie on the life of Chinese dissident Harry Wu.....

7/14 - Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic won its fourth straight Metropolitan Media Softball League title on Sunday, with a 13-2 win over an Alumni team consisting of players from several former squads, including NBC4, CNN, the Gazette, and C-SPAN.The championship game capped off a playoff weekend at Cabin John Park in Bethesda. More info and pictures can be found at the league's Facebook page.....

7/13 - Some changes at Aloha Trust (really iHeart) country outlet WFRE, 99.9 FM in Frederick. Holly McCall returns to the station for middays and promotional work. Program Director Don Brake moves from middays to nights. While Jessica Mitko leaves her promotions gig to be a sales rep for WFRE and sister news talker WFMD, 930 AM. Current night host Patrick Hanes remains with WFRE as promotions assistant and weekend personality.....

7/9 - Your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, chats the latest DC area radio news with DC media guru Jonathan in the latest "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast. Including cuts at both of DC's sports talkers - ESPN 980 and 106.7 The Fan. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

7/4 - Frank McCaffrey (right), a DC area-based former Fox News producer and local TV anchor, has released a documentary on the life of Chinese human rights activist Harry Wu. "Digging A Tunnel" features former Washington Post reporter Dan Southerland and clips of CBS News "60 Minutes" legend Ed Bradley. "This project was a challenge and an educational experience," says McCaffrey, a recent Johns Hopkins University graduate. "It is amazing how much we don't know about China because so much of it has been blocked off from the US for so many years. I hope this film changes the way those who view it look at life." The documentary was produced with the cooperation of the The staff at Laogai Research Foundation. You can view it via Laogai's YouTube page.....

7/3 - Channel 5/WTTG and Channel 9/WUSA, which has a news partnership with the Washington Post, repeatedly reported yesterday that one or more shooters had been confirmed at DC's Navy Yard. However, those reports turned out to be inaccurate. Paul Farhi tries to figure out what went wrong at the two DC TV news outlets at washingtonpost.com.....

7/2 - Former 98 Rock morning man Mickey Cucchiella is hospitalized for leg burns from an exploring vape cigarette battery. Baltimore TV reporter Dick Gelfman sells his Chestertown radio station. WUST owner Jim Weitzman dies. And more DC and Baltimore media news from the past week are the topics between DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at in the "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

6/29 - Guy Patton, formerly "Dylan" from the "Dylan And Erin" days on the DC area's old Z104, WWZZ, is now in the NYC area and has landed a movie distribution deal for what he tells us is a "gritty indie action thriller in the 'Death Wish' vein." It's called "Pearl" and it's currently available on iTunes, Amazon, and on DVD on Target's website. Patton and his wife, Dana, self-financed the microbudget action movie which has been acquired by California distribution company Indican Pictures and is set for an international release.....

6/24 - We're hearing a continued flow of allegations from insiders at CBS Radio's DC offices about more troubles at Spanish tropical El Zol, WLZL, 107.9 FM. Earlier this month, DCRTV reported rumblings about a bunch of on-air, management, and staff employees that had been fired in connection with a variety of incidents, including allegations that some on-air hosts were receiving payments to promote business-related guests on the station. And charges that some indecent verbage has been allowed onto the Spanish language station's airwaves. Along with some actual disputes and fighting in the hallways. We told you in May that Puerto Rico-based entertainer Don Omar filed a $9 million lawsuit against CBS and WLZL regarding a disputed contract involving a concert last summer at Rosecroft Raceway. Omar contends that WLZL reduced the on-air frequency of his music following the dispute. Since the filing of the suit, WLZL has fired its program director and replaced him with Robert Sanchez, the program director and executive editor of CBS Radio news talker WNEW, 99.1 FM. Steve Swenson, who is head of CBS's DC radio cluster, is said to be "depressed" about the situation at WLZL, which is experiencing a ratings slump.....

6/24 - DCRTV hears that conservative political commentator Armstrong Williams (right) has been given free-rein of the studios and offices Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. "He's not a WJLA, NewsChannel 8, or Sinclair employee, but he has 24-hour access to the station," a WJLA source tells DCRTV. "He has access to areas of the building that we actual employees do not. No place in the station is off-limits to him. He has a private office in the top floor of our building, right along side [Sinclair CEO] David Smith's personal office." The source adds: "The policy from [Sinclair] corporate news is to assume anything Williams says comes directly from David Smith. And no request from him can be turned down." Also, we hear: "Williams is disruptive throughout the newsroom. He can assign people, money, and resources to his pet projects... All of his programs and specials are faux journalism." Williams, who does not hide his support for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, does have a WJLA show, "The Right Side," which airs on weekends. And, WJLA has frequently featured Carson on its town hall-style news specials.....

6/24 - The continuing woes at CBS Radio DC, including the very real possibilities of big budget cuts and major management changes, is top topic in this week's chat between DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan in his "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at podbean.com. Plus, how DC's weather "forecasters" are often focused more on hype than accuracy. Along with news management changes at WTOP and WAMU.....

6/17 - Have things at CBS Radio news talker WNEW, 99.1 FM, gotten so desperate that the station's honchos are orchestrating an attack on DCRTV, which has reported the station's failute to get ratings traction since being launched more than three years ago? Are WNEW's days as a news talker numbered? In this week's "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

6/13 - It looks like Cumulus is going to restore the "Mix" moniker to its 107.3 signal, WRQX. From DCRTV's Saturday Mailbag: "In the last hour, WRQX played two liners that said 'It's all about THE MIX,' and 'We know you love how we MIX it up'.... also heard three songs pre-2000s. This is going down as one of the worst 'format adjustments' in HISTORY." More: The "Mix" ID was dropped two years ago when the station flipped from hot adult contemporary tunes to a hit music format. That, along with the removal of longtime morning man Jack Diamond, led to a serious sagging of the ratings. Even more: Might Diamond, who now works for a Cumulus classic rocker in Chicago, return to his old DC station? Stay tuned.....

6/13 - Brian Stelter, who grew up in Montgomery County and later went on to found TVNewser and land prestigious gigs at the New York Times and CNN, blames Amazon czar Jeff Bezos for killing his hometown paper. At cnn.com. Bezos now owns the Washington Post and, yesterday, the paper announced that it is shutting down the Post-owned Gazette newspaper, which serves Montgomery and Prince George's counties.....

6/12 - DCRTV hears that sportscaster Dave Johnson will be joining the team at Channel 4/WRC in a fill-in capacity. In addition to his play-by-play duties for Wizards and DC United, he's currently the sports director for WTOP radio. More: A top WTOPer tells us that Johnson will continue filling his post with the all-newser. WTOP and WRC recently started a news partnership.....

6/12 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that DC-based Joe Madison (right) makes the first national American radio broadcast from Cuba in more than 50 years. Madison has spent much of the last 25 years on-air at Radio One's WOL, 1450 AM, but he left there two years ago and is now heard on the Urban View channel of SiriusXM. The satcaster says the "Black Eagle's" broadcast yesterday morning from the Taino Studios in Havana was part of his seven-day tour of the country. Madison's gathering material for a weeklong documentary series that begins on SiriusXM July 6, paying particular attention to the situation of Afro-Cubans on the island.....

6/11 - DCRTV hears from an always-reliable DC radio source that big cuts are coming to CBS Radio which could result in the end of money-draining all-newser turned news-talker WNEW, 99.1 FM. "There's going to be a bloodbath in DC and Baltimore and elsewhere in the country," we're told. The newly-installed president of CBS Radio, Andre Fernandez, who has a banking and financial background, is "the polar opposite of [former president] Dan Mason. He's all friggin' business. He wants to see growth, even though most of the stations are making money." And we hear, "There's talk of dumping WNEW all together because it's still costing way too much money" with its large staff of reporters and editors. That station was launched three years ago and, regarding ratings and revenue, has yet to come anywhere near top-performing rival all-newser WTOP, which is owned by Hubbard. "People will be cut left and right. It's going to be terrible, terrible," we're told about the coming CBS Radio changes. "Not just Washington, but all markets. The business department at DC has already been completely reorganized." In DC, CBS owns WNEW, WPGC, WLZL, WIAD, and WJFK-FM/AM. In Baltimore, CBS owns WJZ-FM/AM, WWMX, and WLIF.....

6/11 - Brandy Simms has been promoted to sports editor at the Montgomery County Sentinel. He began his career at WMAL where he produced "Sports Call" with Ken Beatrice and then was sports director for Montgomery County's Cable News 21. He also produced sports reports at Channel 7/WJLA and has freelanced for SLAM, Dime Magazine, and the Washington Post. Simms captured first place honors from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association in 2006 for a column entitled "Remembering Len Bias".....

6/11 - What's up with Kirk McEwen's return to Baltimore's 98 Rock? And will his move to afternoons be enough to pull the heritage active rocker out of its ratings slump, with rival classic rocker 100.7 The Bay, WZBA, frequently besting it in the Charm City radio ratings. And more in the latest Sadly Lacking Radio podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.com.....

6/10 - DCRTV hears that Hector Hannibal is returning to Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3 FM, to replace Maxx Myrick as the program director and operations manager. DCRTV reported in early June that Myrick was let go from his gig at WHUR. We're told that Hannibal left WHUR a while back to go work for nationally syndicated urban radio morning man Tom Joyner. More as we hear it.....

6/5 - Hearst's Baltimore active rocker, 98 Rock, WIYY, held a farewell party for Sarah Fleischer (right) last night at Power Plant Live. She's been at 98 Rock since it launched 38 years ago, most of those decades in the midday slot. Check out the pix at 98online.com. Fleischer announced in March that her last day at 98 Rock would be June 5. More: Sarah recalls highlights of her lengthy career at the station, and how she became known as Baltimore's "queen" of rock radio, at 98online.com.....

6/4 - Redskins legend Sonny Jurgensen has signed a deal to continue calling Redskins games for the Redskins Radio Network and team owner Dan Snyder's WTEM, ESPN 980, for the 2015-2016 season. Jurgensen will join Larry Michael and Chris Cooley to broadcast all four preseason games and all 16 regular season games. Jurgensen, who has been covering the Redskins on the radio since 1981, says: "I'm very excited to be back in the booth this season with Larry and Chris. Iím looking forward to using my experience to continue to bring the fans a great broadcast." Adds Rich Carmean, CEO of Red Zebra, which owns WTEM: "We are thrilled to have Sonny with us again this season. Sonny is a longtime fan favorite and a definite mainstay in the Washington DC sports landscape. His unique perspective during the broadcast gives Redskins fans something that is irreplaceable".....

6/4 - Rumors of firings at El Zol, WLZL, and a lawsuit. Plus, more chat about Britt McHenry's controversy, Brenda Carl's new gig, and Charnice Milton's tragic death. In this week's "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

6/3 - After more than four years as a reporter and fill-in news anchor at Fox-owned WFLD-TV in Chcago, Tisha Lewis is leaving to join the Fox station in DC. Channel 5/WTTG is expected to announce her hiring later this month, sources told Chicago media news website robertfeder.com. Presumable she'll be an anchor at DC's Fox 5. The move will mark a homecoming for Lewis, who grew up in Northern Virginia.....

6/2 - DCRTV hears that a bunch of on-air, management, and staff employees at CBS Radio's Spanish tropical El Zol, WLZL, 107.9, have been fired in connection with a recent lawsuit filed by Puerto Rico-based entertainer Don Omar, who is suing CBS and WLZL for $9 million regarding last year's summer concert held by the station. "It runs very deep, there's club involvement, pretty much the whole staff knew what was going on," a source tells us. Issues could involve the Federal Communications Commission's licensing of the station, we're also told. As DCRTV told you in early May, Omar contends that then-WLZL program director Pete Manriquez, who only recently left the station, was planning a concert last summer at Rosecroft Raceway. The performer's suit claims that CBS and Manriques had a dispute over terms of the contract and Omar was dropped from the show. After which, Omar contends, WLZL reduced the on-air frequency of his music. Omar is also suing the event's insurers, ad agencies, and sponsors. Robert Sanchez, the program director and executive editor of CBS Radio news talker WNEW, 99.1, recently added operations manager duties at El Zol, replacing Manriquez. More as we hear it.....

5/28 - DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan talk about the increasingly strange behavior of the declining Washington Post. Including its coverage of the "feud" between WJFK's Chad Dukes and Wizards-Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. And the rapid ratings decline of Majic 102.3. And much more in today's "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

5/28 - A source tells DCRTV that two assistant producers at CCTV-America were laid off this week in DC, and as many as 18 more DC cuts will be coming to the Chinese news organization that runs several news and documentary channels in English. According to a staff memo: "A close examination of our operations and the ways in which we can best serve CCTV-America requires the tough decision to rearrange jobs, which means losing colleagues to other teams and saying goodbye to friends. As part of that effort, we are in the process of notifying a small handful of colleagues regarding job elimination; a few others will be transferred to new teams in need of personnel. Others changes will also include some positions transitioning from part-time to full-time status".....

5/21 - David Letterman's long TV career and his retirement, the low debut ratings of ESPN 980's "Man Cave," Dianna Russini's move from Channel 4/WRC to ESPN, and more make the topic list in this week's "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

5/15 - Former Baltimore sports radio personality Anita Marks will be doing Sunday midday hosting on NYC sports talker WEPN, ESPN New York 98.7, starting May 17. She'll also be doing fill-in work during weekdays on the ESPN-owned station, along with "SportsCenter" news updates. After leaving Baltimore in 2013, where she worked at MASN and 105.7 The Fan, Marks hosted a weekend show for NBC Sports Radio.....

5/15 - Pat Garrett signs on as the voice of urban contemporary KJLH in Los Angeles. Along with a long list of radio clients across the country, Garrett is currently doing voice work for CBS's WNEW and WJFK in the DC area and WJZ-TV, WJZ-FM, and WWMX in Baltimore.....

5/14 - A new "homey" morning news set for Channel 5/WTTG. DC news talker WNEW closes in on Baltimore news talker WBAL in the Baltimore radio ratings. CBS still has none of its five FMers in the latest batch of monthly radio ratings for DC. And lots of "Don And Mike" and classic WJFK memories. In this edition of DC media guru Jonathan's Sadly Lacking Radio podcast with DCRTV Dave. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

5/11 - On the latest episode of "The Tony Perkins Show" podcast, Tony sits down with DC broadcasting legend Donnie Simpson. Simpson spent more than 30 years dominating DC morning radio at WKYS and then at WPGC. Tony was Donnie's morning show producer and on-air sidekick at WKYS for eight years and this episode marks their first long-form reunion in years. This reunion marks the first time that Simpson has been behind a microphone for an extended interview since he left WPGC five years ago. Donnie tells stories about his years in radio and television broadcasting and his encounters with celebrities. "The Tony Perkins Show" is part of the MORE Broadcasting Network and can be heard at mikeomearashow.com.....

5/11 - Baltimore sports radio veteran Drew Forrester hires Bo Smolka, a contributor to Comcast SportsNet's CSNBaltimore.com website, to be the Ravens 2015 season reporter for his "Drew's Morning Dish" podcast. Also, there's a visual revamp at Forrester's website, drewsmorningdish.com.....

5/11 - Legendary newsman Bob Fuss, who recently retired from CBS News, has published a memoir about his 40 years as a radio correspondent, the last 23 of them covering Congress and national politics here in Washington. It's called "Kidnapped By Nuns - And Other Stories Of A Life On The Radio." Fuss tells DCRTV: "The book traces my life and career from covering the Patty Hearst Kidnapping just after graduating from Stanford University at the age of 19 in 1974 to working for once great but now defunct networks UPI Radio, Mutual Broadcasting, NBC Radio, and then CBS Radio. The book has a lot of politics and inside journalism stories and also contains travelogues from trips I've taken to all 50 states and more than 70 countries." Check out the book, which is out in paperback, e-book, and audio book, at kidnappedbynuns.com. You can order the book at amazon.com.....

5/7 - Silver Spring native Bram Weinstein (right) has parted ways with ESPN after a seven-year stint. There's a rumor floating around that he may be joining Channel 7/WJLA, to replace the Sinclair station's retiring top sports anchor, Tim Brant, who is leaving later this month. "I am not in line for the WJLA job, haven't spoken to anyone there," Weinstein tells the Montgomery Sentinel. "As for my next move, I'm weighing options now and hopefully will be able to say something about that in the not too distant future." Weinstein joined ESPN in 2008 as an anchor for ESPNEWS and also anchored "SportsCenter." Before joining ESPN, he worked at Redskins Radio, where he served as a host and reporter from 2006 to 2008. He hosted a show and was a reporter with sports talker WTEM, now ESPN 980, from 1999 to 2006. Weinstein was also once sports director for the now-defunct Montgomery County cable TV show "Cable News 21".....

5/7 - Should Silver Spring-based urban radio giant Radio One be investing in a big Prince George's County casino? Is Bram Weinstein heading from ESPN to the top sports anchor job at Channel 7/WJLA? WMAL sells its AM transmitter site in Bethesda. It looks like there'll be more Asian programming on DC's AM band. And much more chat between DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan in his "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com......

5/5 - Former Magic 95.9, WWIN-FM personality Tim Watts will return to Radio One to do mornings on Baltimore's new gospel station, Praise 106.1. Watts says his show will also be heard on Radio One talker WOLB, 1010 AM.....

5/5 - Scott Lindy, who used to be program director at iHeart's Baltimore country outlet, WPOC, 93.1 FM, heads to Indianapolis to be program director at Cumulus's country WFMS. After leaving Baltimore, Lindy was operations manager for iHeart's Atlanta cluster, where he oversaw country WUBL. Most recently, he programmed Lincoln Financial's hot adult contemporary WSTR and sports talker WQXI in Atlanta.....

5/1 - Is afternoon host Matt Bosso gone from iHeart Media's adult contempoary WASH, 97. 1 FM? His profile has gone de-linked from its website at washfm.com. And, according to his Twitter page, it sounds like he's now in Boston. More as we hear it.....

4/30 - The local and national media's coverage of and reaction to the Baltimore riots. Are the righty radio talkers back to their typical political stereotyping and second guessing while cable nets repetitively rerun a video clip of a single building burning while no-nothing "experts" pontificate? Also, Wizards and Caps owner Ted Leonsis slams WJFK's Chad Dukes. Is the fallout from ESPNer Britt McHenry's tirade actually helping her national recognition? NPR's podcasts gain popularity. And much more in today's "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

4/28 - From Tom Taylor Now: What will iHeart do with its upgraded translator in DC? It just secured FCC permission to re-license a translator from Rockville to Washington itself - and what a difference just a few miles can make. Translator W285FA had been putting out 250-watts at 104.9. Now it's sliding into the District, at a new frequency, 104.7. The power is less, 75-watts instead of the previous 250-watts. But the antenna height jumps from 295 feet to 751 feet, on the River Road tower. A Now reader caught the Commission action and says "I'm surprised it won approval, because you have a translator at 104.5 in Sterling, a class B in Hagerstown, co-channel WAYZ at 104.7, and class B WAVA-FM Arlington at 105.1, second adjacent." Presumably the new signal will offer a new format, re-broadcasting a multicast signal fed by iHeart's alternative DC101, WWDC, 101.1, Taylor writes.....

4/23 - The Junkies sign for four more years with 106.7 The Fan. Jim Vance cuts back his workload at Channel 4/WRC. A new NASA gig for former WTOPer Laurie Cantillo. And, could the fallout from Britt McHenry's tirade actually help her ESPN career? In the latest Sadly Lacking Radio podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

4/23 - Sinclair, the Baltimore-based media company which owns many TV stations around the country, has hired former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson to host an as-yet unnamed half-hour Sunday morning political talk show. Based at its the DC TVer that it acquired last year, Channel 7/WJLA, the show will also air on many of Sinclair's 162 stations in 79 markets. According to Sinclair, the program, which will debut this fall, will feature "a blend of investigative and political journalism, with a focus on accountability".....

4/22 - With the news that Jim Vance will no longer be co-anchoring Channel 4/WRC's 11 PM newscast, we hear that Jim Handly will now be paired with Doreen Gentzler for the final newscast of the day. Other news anchor changes at the NBC-owned station include Chris Lawrence joining Pat Lawson Muse for the 4 PM newscast. Handly will continue to anchor WRC's 5 PM newscast with Wendy Rieger. Also, Erika Gonzalez will anchor the weekend editions of WRC's 6 PM and 11 PM newscasts, in addition to continuing as consumer reporter on weekdays.....

4/22 - The Wizards saw their TV ratings via Comcast SportsNet rise 30% this season, with a 1.32 average household rating in the DC market. That's a net 70% rise for the basketball team since the 2012-2013 season. In Baltimore, the Wizards' 2014-2015 rating surged 59% since the previous season, with a 0.97 household rating. Meanwhile, the Capitals have seen declining numbers via CSN. The hockey team's 2014-2015 season ratings dropped 24% from the previous season, to a 1.01 household rating in the DC market.....

4/21 - Eric Bickel Tweets that he - and presumably his three morning radio "Sports Junkies" partners - have signed a deal for four more years with CBS Radio's WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. More soon.....

4/21 - WTOP's Dave McConnell (right) was honored today at the Capitol for his many decades of service as a congressional correspondent on the Hill. McConnell was recognized by DC Representative Eleanor Homes Norton by being entered into the Congressional Record. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Virginia Senator Mark Warner also delivered speeches in his honor. McConnell, who celebrated his 50th anniversary earlier this year, joined WTOP on January 18, 1965 as a reporter for the all-newser that was then 1500 AM. However, he soon found himself behind the microphone at the anchor desk before transitioning to the Hill. McConnell remains the only full-time congressional correspondent for a local radio station in the USA. He can be heard live each weekday morning and afternoon, just steps from the House floor in his hourly "Today On The Hill" segments.....

4/21 - Bethesda Magazine buys the Bethesda Now online news site for an undisclosed amount from Arlington-based Local News Now. The magazine will merge three-year-old Bethesda Now into its year-old online daily news site known as Bethesda Beat. As part of the acquisition, Bethesda Now will cease operation and its editor Aaron Kraut will join the staff of the new owner. Scott Brodbeck, founder of Local News Now, said he will focus his company's efforts to start covering the Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, and U Street neighborhoods of DC. His Local News Now sites already cover Arlington, Reston, Prince William, and Capitol Hill......

4/20 - Elizabethany adds music director duties to her on-air work at iHeartMedia's contemporary hit WIHT, Hot 99.5.....

4/19 - Former WTOP Program Director Laurie Cantillo (right) posts on her Facebook page: "I'm taking a giant leap to NASA. As a longtime space geek, I'm honored to join the [DC-based] Office Of Communications at NASA as a contractor with ITI. Among my initial projects: the search for life on exoplanets, next week's Hubble 25th anniversary, and New Horizons - a Pluto fly-by in mid-July." She left WTOP in March.....

4/17 - Adams Radio has named Washington-Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee as program director and afternoon drive host for rhythmic contemporary WOCQ, OC104. Phil LoCascio, Salisbury-Ocean City market manager for Adams, says: "Albie's perfect for the job. He lives and breathes this format. His major market credentials will make a great station even more dominant. And we get the added bonus of a solid major market jock in afternoon drive." Albie adds, "I'm really pumped to join the Adams radio team at WOCQ. The company really believes in live and local radio and is going to give me the tools I need".....

4/17 - ESPN's suspension of Britt McHenry, David Meeks gets a sports promotion at USA Today, the latest DC sports radio ratings, Chris Paul goes missing from ESPN 980's "Man Cave," and might Lavar Arrington return to 106.7 The Fan. Plus, Comcast SportsNet gears up for the Caps' playoffs. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

4/17 - The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will receive $400,000 from the Wallace Foundation for a classical music/rock music series, dubbed Pulse, a collaboration with Towson University's alternative rock WTMD, 89.7 FM. More at baltimoresun.com.....

4/16 - Might Lavar Arrington return to WJFK now that his NFL Network show is on hiatus? What could CBS Radio' President Dan Mason's departure mean for the company's DC stations? Plus, the latest about Ken Merson and Laurie Cantillo. DCRTV Dave and DC radio guru Jonathan talk about all this and more in the latest Sadly Lacking Radio podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

4/16 - Might former Redskin Lavar Arrington return to his afternoon gig with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan, WJFK, now that the NFL Network morning show he left for last year is being placed on hiatus? More at awfulannouncing.com.....

4/10 - Leesburg Today takes a listen to the eclectic-formatted Gamut, which is programmed by WTOP engineer Dave Kolesar and available on a variety of area signals, including 820 AM and 104.5 FM in the western DC suburbs. "The Gamut is an old-school radio operation that offers variety (it has 14,000 songs in its catalog) while still being programmed by human beings rather than by a website's algorithm," according to the piece.....

4/9 - Area voice legend Pat Garrett signs Salisbury-Ocean City rhythmic contemporary outlet WOCQ, OC104, a station he voiced from 1994 to 2010. Also, it was the first station he worked at - he was a DJ there in 1981. Along with a long list of radio clients across the country, Garrett is currently doing voice work for CBS's WNEW and WJFK in the DC area and WJZ-TV, WJZ-FM, and WWMX in Baltimore.....

4/9 - Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron: "We can start by discarding the lingering notion that paper will remain for long a big part of what we do. It will not. For a while, yes. But it will not last. The newspaper remains, as of today, a predominant source of revenue for organizations like ours. But the revenue it produces is declining sharply. Advertisers are leaving. Most readers prefer to get their information from digital sources. Those trends are accelerating." Among Baron's comments at the 2015 Hays Press-Enterprise lecture at the University Of California, Riverside on Tuesday.....

4/9 - It looks like the divorce of "Opie And Anthony," who used to air on WJFK way back when, has entered a new and nasty phase. Plus, Jack Diamond returns to his new Chicago gig after a health scare. In the latest Sadly Lacking Radio podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC radio guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

4/6 - The National Association Of Broadcasters announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a new headquarters in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, with a scheduled move-in by fall of 2018. The broadcast industry lobbying arm's headquarters will be located in a new structure at the corner of South Capitol and M Streets, SE, one mile from the US Capitol and two blocks from the Washington Nationals baseball stadium. The NAB will help finance the new headquarters through the sale of its current building, located near Dupont Circle, NW. Built in 1969, the existing structure houses about 150 NAB employees.....

4/6 - Without fanfare, Jack Diamond returned as morning host on Chicago classic hits outlet WLS-FM Monday after nearly four months off on medical leave, according to robertfeder.com. Diamond, 60, was last heard on the Cumulus station in late December when he returned home to Washington for treatment of diverticulitis. He underwent surgery January 20 and has been recuperating since. Diamond got fired from the morning show at Cumulus's WRQX, then Mix 107.3, two years ago. Since then, he's had short-lived radio gigs in Miami and San Diego, before landing the Chicago gig in late 2014.....

4/3 - WPFW, 89.3 FM, Washington's Pacifica outlet, has made the move from L Street to K Street this week. "The usual assortment of technical bugs were resolved. The view from the new windowed studio is fantastic! On air programmers seem well pleased with the new digs despite the few technical glitches," we're told. "A larger talk/interview studio, as well as a large recording studio space for 'Live At Five' should make a big difference in the kinds and number of community service programs the station can offer." Also, our source at the station, which airs jazz and lefty talk, adds: "Meanwhile, the glue is holding at the transmitter for more than a year now, running at full power".....

4/3 - NPR's engineering staff and the NABET-CWA union have reached a tentative agreement. It's a four-year contract that will provide 2.5% raises each year. A mail ballot will be sent to members with votes to be counted on April 15. "Almost all of the company proposals that we objected to were entirely removed from the contract," according to a union announcement. More at nabet31.org.....

4/3 - Will Sommer, who writes the "Loose Lips" DC politics blog for the Washington City Paper, will be adding like-topic contributor duties during newscasts at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG.....

4/2 - DCRTV hears that DC and Baltimore radio veteran Ken Merson has left CBS's hot adult contemporary WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM on "extremely friendly terms." He tells us: "I had a great five-plus years at Fresh and will miss being there and those I worked with. After taking a few weeks off, I'll be starting a new gig this later month." We'll have the news when he's ready to announce it.....

4/2 - The debut of ESPN 980's "Man Cave," Sarah Fleischer's decision to retire from 98 Rock after 38 years, a new "voice" at WNEW, Tim Brant leaving WJLA in May, and more DC area radio and TV news. In this week's Sadly Lacking Radio podcast with DCRTV Dave and local media guru Jonathan.....

4/1 - DCRTV hears that Pat Garrett re-ups with CBS Radio in DC and will continue to be heard as the imaging "voice" of sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. Also, he's now doing like voice duties for CBS news talker WNEW, 99.1, which is now calling itself "NewsRadio 99-1." Before signing with CBS-DC last year, Garrett was the "voice" of Hubbard all-newser WTOP, 103.5.....

3/31 - The creation of SRS News was announced yesterday at the National Hurricane Conference in Austin. The channel is to be dedicated to providing vital information before, during, and after major weather events such as hurricanes and tornadoes. It is being created by Alexis Media Systems, a television production and technology consultancy in the DC area, owned and founded by Doug Terry, a veteran reporter and news editor. Terry will be CEO of the new channel. Hiring of personnel is expected to begin by mid-summer with a fall launch slated. The new channel, which will air on cable and satellite systems and via broadcast radio and TV, is intended to open the loop of communications between responders, those impacted by major storms, and those most concerned with major storm events. Austin is considered in the top three possible locations for the channel along with several sites in the DC area, including the Maryland suburbs.....

3/30 - Tim Brant to leave Channel 7/WJLA. The "Man Cave" finally debuts on ESPN 980. The latest DC sports radio ratings. And the delay goes away for Tony Kornheiser's radio show podcast. In today's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

3/26 - The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post and Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA form a news partnership and video-sharing agreement. A DC media guru tells us: "WUSA station manager Bill Lord and Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan worked together for many years at 7 and 8. It appears their relationship is paying dividends for their new employers.....

3/26 - The latest in the "Man Cave" controversy - and was the Washington Post's coverage of the proposed new ESPN 980, WTEM morning radio show more hype than substance? Could Jack Diamond return to WRQX? The FCC issues a huge indecency fine for a Virginia TVer. Should the Commission get out of the program "content" regulation area completely? And the latest with former DC radioers Opie and Anthony. In this week's "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

3/25 - Talkers Magazine is out with its annual "Heavy Hundred" list of mainly politically-oriented radio talkers for 2015. The top: 1) Rush Limbaugh, 2) Sean Hannity, 3) Dave Ramsey, 4) Michael Savage, and 5) Glenn Beck. Locally-based personalities who made the list include: 6) WMAL's Mark Levin, 8) SiriusXM's Joe Madison, 18) WFED's Jim Bohannon, 42) WMAL's Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor, 50) WOLB's Larry Young, 68) WMAL's Chris Plante, 69) WCBM's Tom Marr, and 93) WMAL's Ric Edelman.....

3/23 - A reliable source tells us: DC's 107.3 "WRQX may be giving up on [contemporary hits radio]. Cumulus execs including [company president Lew] Dickey in town for a late meeting tomorrow. Station is billing 10 million dollars less per year than it was only a 15 months ago. Remember that [former WRQX morning man] Jack [Diamond] is still under contract [to WRQX owner Cumulus] in Chicago but hasn't returned due to illness but still lives here. The new program director started last year at this time and was rumored to be given one year to fix it. Clearly he hasn't." More as we hear it.....

3/23 - Tony Kornheiser announced Monday that the podcast of his ESPN 980, WTEM show will now be available without a 24-hour delay. The podcasts, he said, will be available shortly after noon. His show runs from 10 AM to noon weekdays. According to washingtonpost.com, the one-day podcast delay had long been ridiculed by Kornheiser's listeners, and was a frequent joke on his program. Just ousted WTEM Program Director Chuck Sapienza was well aware that fans were angry, but insisted that his job was not to increase the station's podcast listeners.....

3/21 - From FTVLive: MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is "apoplectic" over Chuck Todd's moral equivalence of Fox News and MSNBC prime time. Todd was on "The Mike O'Meara Show" when he said, "I think advocacy journalism, sort of the Fox and what MSNBC primetime, those models, that hasn't been healthy for politics. It's just not healthy for it. It all goes to one of the explanations why we don't persuade people anymore." Word is that MSNBC staffers are angry at Todd's takedown of cable news and no one is more mad at "Mr. Meet The Press" than Maddow. Sources say that Todd is furiously backpedaling and trying to apologize to Maddow... who is having none of it, FTVLive adds. The episode can be found at mikeomearashow.com. More: Todd's appearance on O'Meara's show also generated some interest from Bill O'Reilly on Fox News Channel. Catch that clip via YouTube.....

3/19 - Dakarai Turner joins Channel 2/WMAR as a reporter and multimedia journalist. He comes from WLTX-TV in Columbia SC.....

3/19 - From DCRTV's Mailbag: "AM 1330 in Havre de Grace is back on the air. WHGM is the new calls, and they seem to have a guy live in the morning. They are running the America's Best Music format." And, we also got this: "Tom Conroy has signed on to do mornings at WHGM... He's leaving WNLB, Martinsville VA, to be closer to his family. Tom once did Sunday mornings on WXCY and before that he worked for WCAO in its country days. I think he was at WPOC for a time".....

3/19 - Your friendly webmaster DCRTV Dave chats with DC radio guru Jonathan about the past week's big radio story - the last-minute cancellation of ESPN 980's "Man Cave." What does it mean for the hosts of the ill-fated show, Jason Reid and Chris Paul, and for the Redskins management of the radio station, as well as how the Washington Post covered one of their own? How rival sports talker WJFK handled it. And more in this week's edition of the "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.com.....

3/19 - Hubbard moves the Northern Virginia low-power FM signal of its eclectic music Gamut from Leesburg on 104.3 to Sterling on 104.5, which should improve its reception to parts of western and central Fairfax and Montgomery counties. The channel, which is programmed by Dave Kolesar, an engineer at Hubbard's DC radio cluster, is also carried via WWFD, 820 AM, in Frederick, and via an HD Radio digital subchannel of WTOP's area signals, including 103.5 in DC.....

3/18 - ABC News cuts 12 positions from its DC bureau - affecting operations, editorial, and engineering staff. According to Politico, ABC News plans to shift from a platform-based structure, in which reporters were assigned to specific shows, to a content-based structure, in which reporters are assigned to specific beats and report across platforms. The new positions, said to number more than a dozen, will be posted next week.....

3/15 - A reliable source tells DCRTV that there is "serious drama" involving the new "Man Cave" show on Red Zebra sports talker ESPN 980, WTEM. And it won't debut Monday morning, as scheduled. In fact, we're told, the show will never air on the station. Apparently, Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who also owns Red Zebra and WTEM, or someone else within Snyder's organization has a grudge against former Washington Post sports columnist Jason Reid, who was to be paired with DC radio veteran Chris Paul. We're also hearing about a related management shake-up at WTEM, with Program Director Chuck Sapienza getting fired. Sources tell DCRTV that ESPN 980, which airs ESPN Radio's syndicated "Mike And Mike" in mornings, was never competitive in that key daypart with the "Sports Junkies," which air on rival CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. And that WTEM's management wanted a locally-based morning show that would focus on the large African-American male demographic in the DC area. A station insider tells DCRTV that the last-minute demise of the "Man Cave" is "a total disaster. Last week, Jason and Chris attended our sales meeting and we talked about how this move was a game changer for the radio station and the company. Here we are one week later and we have no morning show and no program director. Sapienza stood up for his guys and it cost him his job. We have no idea who's calling the shots at the station." More as we hear it.....

3/13 - DCRTV hears that DC area traffic reporter Julie Wright is leaving Total Traffic Network, where she does the morning traffic reports for Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG, along with other traffic reports for CBS Radio outlets WNEW and WPGC, and is heading to Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. More soon.....

3/13 - Vice's DC expansion. New ratings highs for WMAL and WNEW. More Cord Cutter stuff, including Sling TV. Changes at ESPN 980. WTOP's news news sharing deal with Channel 4/WRC. And more when your friendly webmaster DCRTV Dave chats with DC area media guru Jonathan in Japan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

3/13 - We're hearing that Channel 9/WUSA's new news czar Bill Lord is making his first major changes at the Gannett station, since getting the boot from Sinclair, the new owner of Channel 7/WJLA, last fall. According a staff memo that was leaked by BaltoMedia.net, Mike Hydeck will a weekend morning news anchor at WUSA. He will also work three days a week on the weekday morning news in a "sub-anchor" role and occasionally anchor the noon newscast. Erica Grow will be a co-host and weather anchor for weekend morning news, and have weekday morning and noon weather responsibilities. Nick Giovanni will be weekday morning co-anchor with Andrea Roane. Allyson Rae will be the primary weather person on weekday mornings. Surae Chinn will be a reporter on the WUSA weekend morning news. Howard Bernstein will be doing weather forecasts on the weekend evening news. He will also do weekday noon newscasts, backup weather assignments, and report on science issues. Also, Debra Alfarone will be weekend evening co-anchor with Bruce Johnson.....

3/13 - Montgomery County will not submit an offer for the 75-acre WMAL 630 AM transmitter site in northern Bethesda, likely ensuring the open green space will become hundreds of new homes instead of community open space or a public park. After news talker WMAL's owner Cumulus recently put the Greentree Road transmitter site up for sale, local residents contacted local officials to ask whether the county could save the space, where people have come for decades to walk dogs, run, and play sports. More at thesentinel.com.....

3/11 - Longtime local radio fixture Andy Pollin has announced that his "Sports Reporters" morning drive program on SportsTalk 570, WSPZ, will end after Friday's show. Pollin said he will move to an as-yet unspecified role at Red Zebra's sister sports talker, WTEM, ESPN 980. According to washingtonpost.com, Pollin's show was on borrowed time after the creation of "The Man Cave," which will debut on ESPN 980 Monday morning. That show will push ESPN's syndicated "Mike And Mike," to SportsTalk 570, knocking Pollin's program off the air.....

3/11 - Phil LaCascio, who once programmed CBS Radio's now-defunct DC area classic rocker, WARW, Arrow 94.7, will be the Eastern Shore market manager for Adams Radio, which is acquiring six stations and two translators from Great Scott Broadcasting in the Salisbury-Ocean City-Rehoboth Beach area. According to Radio Insight, Adams will also be heavily reshaping the formats at rocker WZBH, rhythmic contemporary WOCQ, classic rocker WGBG, and country WKHI, with several new stations to be debuted.....

3/11 - Legendary newsman Bob Fuss, who recently retired from CBS News, has published a memoir about his 40 years as a radio correspondent, the last 23 of them covering Congress and national politics here in Washington. It's called "Kidnapped By Nuns - And Other Stories Of A Life On The Radio." Fuss tells DCRTV: "The book traces my life and career from covering the Patty Hearst Kidnapping just after graduating from Stanford University at the age of 19 in 1974 to working for once great but now defunct networks UPI Radio, Mutual Broadcasting, NBC Radio, and then CBS Radio. The book has a lot of politics and inside journalism stories and also contains travelogues from trips I've taken to all 50 states and more than 70 countries." Check out the book, which is out in paperback, e-book, and audio book, at kidnappedbynuns.com.....

3/11 - The Baltimore City Paper profiles legendary DC progressive rock radio DJ Jonathan "Weasel" Gilbert, who, after many years on WHFS, is now heard on Towson University's WTMD.....

3/10 - Former Channel 9/WUSA News Director Fred D'Ambrosi has been named news director at WOIO-TV in Cleveland. He takes the place of Dan Salamone who left the Raycom-owned CBS affiliate in January. D'Ambrosi resigned from Gannett-owned WUSA in October, after working there since 2009.....

3/9 - Reporter Melinda Roeder, who got booted from Baltimore's Sinclair flagship Channel 45/WBFF in December, is joining WGCL-TV in Atlanta. She left WBFF after the Fox-affilated station aired her report of a Washington protest that falsely depicted protesters as chanting "kill a cop".....

3/9 - NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen reports at npr.org that WAMU host Diane Rehm (right), whose late morning talk show is carried by many NPR stations, says she will no longer participate in fundraising dinners for Compassion And Choices, a non-profit organization that lobbies for changes to state laws to permit medically assisted death. NPR learned of Rehm's role in the dinners from a February Washington Post article. She will honor her commitment to take part in two more dinners this month but not accept additional requests. Rehm said she told the executives that the decision "made me somewhat sad but I totally understand their perspective." After the two upcoming dinners she will not do any more fundraising, but "I will not hide my own feelings" when it comes to discussing the issue. She added that she had been assured the money raised by the dinners she participated in went to Compassion And Choices' education and assistance efforts, not its lobbying. Such activities would not be permitted under the code of ethics that applies to NPR journalists, but the code does not specifically address employees of programs that are distributed by DC-based NPR but produced by other organizations, such as American University-owned WAMU.....

3/6 - Maybe WNEW should hire Don Geronimo to do mornings. The third season of "House Of Cards" wasn't very realistic or very good. Should former WJLA news anchor Kathleen Matthews run for Congress? And much more local media stuff gets talked about when your friendly webmaster DCRTV Dave talks with DC media refugee Jonathan, who's now based in Japan. In the latest edition of his "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

3/5 - Former Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Kathleen Matthews (right) is planning to run for Congress. Politico reports that Matthews, who is married to MSNBC's "Hardball" host Chris Matthews, will run for the Maryland seat of Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat who plans to run for the Senate seat held by the retiring Barbara Mikulski. Matthews is currently an executive vice president for Marriott International, serving as the Bethesda firm's chief global communications and public affairs officer.....

3/5 - DCRTV hears that a Channel 4/WRC news crew with Darcy Spencer was stopped by NSA police and detained for about 20 minutes while covering a shooting at the NSA building near Fort Meade on Tuesday. The officers, who claimed that the News 4 crew was on NSA property, refused to provide ID, we're told, but did require the news crew to show theirs. Shortly thereafter, when more NSA officials arrived, Spencer and photographers was allowed to leave.....

3/2 - After just a few weeks, DCRTV hears that CBS news talker WNEW, 99.1 FM, which has been transitioning from an all-newser, has dropped the syndicated "Overnight America" show and is restoring its live and local all-news format between 2 AM and 5 AM, effective immediately. "We heard from many early risers who listen to WNEW in the 3 and 4 AM hours who preferred our traditional format," WNEW Program Director Robert Sanchez tells us. "We were doing live and local news, traffic, and weather updates every 15 minutes inside 'Overnight America,' but our listeners wanted more. So we listened and were are back." DCRTV is hearing rumblings that WNEW is considering running some locally-produced talk shows in the midnight to 2 AM slot. However, the station is sticking with syndicated financial talker Dave Ramsey in the post-8 PM evening slot. "The response has been overwhelmingly positive," Sanchez adds.....

2/28 - SiriusXM's DC-based Joe Madison achieved his goal of a 52-hour marathon broadcast, which raised more than $150,000 for the construction of the Smithsonian's National Museum Of African History And Culture. Airing as part of Black History Month, the historic broadcast, currently under review as a new world record by Guinness, began Wednesday at 6 AM and continued, un-interrupted, until Friday morning at 10 AM. "I am exhausted but, when you do something for the right reasons and have the support of others, you really can do anything," said Madison. More at allaccess.com.....

2/27 - The Montgomery Sentinel reports that Montgomery County officials are considering making an offer to buy 75 acres of Bethesda land. Councilmember Roger Berliner has asked County Executive Ike Leggett to coordinate with members of county and state government to see if the county can submit a competitive bid for the WMAL-AM, 630, transmitter site, which may cost nine figures according to some estimates. Berliner cited athletic fields, school sites, and general open space as possible uses for the land. Cumulus Media, which owns WMAL, put the site up for sale last month. Its brokerage firm CBRE has been receiving offers from residential developers interested in building up to 300 new homes on the property, which is located on Greentree Road near the Beltway and I-270 spur. CBRE Senior Vice President John Sheridan said he hasn't been in contact with anyone from the county. Berliner said the county is aware of the deadline, but it's unlikely the county will be able to submit an offer by then.....

2/27 - A number of Channel 7/WJLA's news personnel have left since Sinclair took over DC's ABC affiliate from Allbritton in August. But Maureen Bunyan (right) won't be one of them. The 45-year veteran of DC TV news, who got her start in the early 1970s at Channel 9, then WTOP-TV, has signed a "multi-year" deal with WJLA. "It is a privilege to be able to continue serving our Washington area viewers as a member of the ABC7/WJLA-TV family," says Bunyan, who is a founder of the National Association Of Black Journalists and the International Women's Media Foundation. She has been honored for her work by the top professional journalism organizations in the nation and is the winner of seven Emmy Awards for news broadcasting. "Maureen is one of the most respected and accomplished journalists in the country - not to mention one of the classiest," says WJLA's Director Of News Mitch Jacob.....

2/27 - Your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, chats with DC media guru Jonathan in Japan, about a whole bunch of local media topics. Including CBS Radio's DC problems, along with all those changes at WNEW. Plus, Mickey Cucchiella's new Baltimore radio gig. Joe Madison's challenge. Morning changes to ESPN 980. And much more in the latest episode of Sadly Lacking Radio at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

2/25 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP and news talker Federal News Radio, WFED, are restructuring their sales department. Including the the promotion of National Sales Manager Jeffrey Wolinsky to director of federal and national sales. Also, Account Manager Diane Pelton gets promoted to the national sales manager position.....

2/23 - DCRTV has been tipping you that CBS's three-year-old ratings-challenged all-newser, WNEW, is gradually reducing its format with play-by-play sports, infomercials, and talk shows. Now, Jerry Del Colliano, who does a daily media biz newsletter, Inside Music Media, writes: "The decision to remove all-news-all-the-time from WNEW-FM, Washington doesn't bode well for CBS Radio or the rest of the radio industry. WNEW only wanted a sliver of what Hubbard's WTOP takes out of the market WTOP is the highest billing radio station in the country. Instead, today's CBS didn't have the patience that Westinghouse had in the 1960's when it stuck to all-news as expensive as it was in a stubborn belief that the payoff would come... When CBS turns its DC FM news operation into WBZ, Boston or KRLD, Dallas you know more bad things are on the way. Add to that the expected change at the top this year when a new radio president could be appointed - Dan Mason is reportedly mulling retirement... Mason has done a pretty good job considering that CBS has turned into the planet of the bean counters. And Scott Herman is as good a news exec as you can get. I don't think in his heart of hearts he wanted to bail on another all-news station to turn it into news-talk... How will a Dan Mason replacement run radio? Cheap programming on the way - and cutbacks to coincide especially in certain areas".....

2/22 - DCRTV has tipped you that CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1, will be adding more talk shows to its line-up of all-news. The station has been on the air three years and has yet to make a dent in top-rated rival WTOP's ratings. We're told that the first of those talk shows could be financial guru Dave Ramsey, who could air on WNEW in evenings. CBS-owned WNEW is shifting towards "pay-for-play" programming in its non-weekday drivetime hours and Ramsey pays to have his show aired, we hear. WNEW will pre-empt Ramsey if breaking news develops, our source adds. WNEW also interrupts its all-news flow by carry Wizards games. More soon.....

2/21 - A source tells DCRTV: "Scott Brady, who formerly did middays and mornings on WASH-FM, will start next week as morning news announcer on AM 1260, The Answer [WWRC]. Scott had worked previously in Baltimore, Norfolk, and other markets, but will be joining Salem on Monday 2/23." Most recently, Brady has been heard on CBS's 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD.....

2/20 - Your friendly webmaster DCRTV Dave discusses a danger that all-newser WTOP is flirting with - having too many staff members becoming product pitchmen. Plus, a possible new morning show for ESPN 980. WAMUer Diane Rehm's right-to-die campaign. What kind of salaries are local radio people making these days? And more, including the latest batch of radio ratings, in a new Skype-powered Jonathan's "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

2/20 - Is former 98 Rock, WIYY morning man Mickey Cucchiella heading to WNST, 1570 AM, the Towson-based sports talker owned by Nestor Aparicio? Nestor put on his Facebook page that he has a major announcement on Tuesday - and that's what we're hearing. Back in November, Cucchiella guest hosted mornings at CBS sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM. After leaving 98 Rock in mid-2013, Cucchiella has been running the Vape Lounge in Harford County, where he sells electronic cigarettes.....

2/19 - A source tells DCRTV: "Prepare for another influx of unemployed studio technicians thanks to a firing coming from Middle East Broadcasting. MBN, located in Springfield VA, and a grantee of over $200 million yearly from the Federal budget, provides television and radio services to the Middle East and Northern Africa through their outlets Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa. Employing hundreds of television and radio personnel both in the US and in overseas bureaus, the Springfield operation will be firing English speaking technicians, in favor of Arab/English-speaking techs. MBN management has yet to explain to its employees the nature of the firings, and more importantly, why the obvious discrimination against the effected employees inability to speak Arabic. MBN is a non-profit, and in the past, has had to explain to Capitol Hill its need for existence, given the fact that its only funding comes from the International Broadcasting Board Of Governors who oversees the US government's Voice Of America family of broadcasting outlets. Andrew Lack, the new head of the US government-sponsored worldwide media outlets, has recently had his hands full of complaints and rumors of misappropriated funds and the poor morale that has been plaguing VOA for years. MBN Springfield employees wonder if the state Virginia's right-to-work status has an effect on this move, and if MBN is playing by the rules. Given the disparities in salary levels within the company, MBN management needs to be more forthcoming in regards to how taxpayer money is being spent".....

2/18 - A source tells DCRTV: "WTEM sales people are telling ad agencies that the station will be launching a new, local morning show in March, hosted by Chris Paul from 'Redskins TV' and Washington Post columnist Jason Reid." Currently, the ESPN 980 sports talker carries ESPN Radio's "Mike And Mike" show in mornings. More soon.....

2/18 - A source tells DCRTV: "I have friends in Lanham, who wouldn't be specific, but said there are changes coming to WNEW and talk radio will be added to non-primtime slots (nights, overnights, weekends). They couldn't give me specifics but the 'All News, All The Time' montra will slowly be phased out. They're going to model themselves like WBZ in Boston or KRLD in Dallas. Monday - Friday during the day, All News. But then will be taking on 'pay-for-play' talk shows at night and those will be pre-empted when there are Wizards games. Couldn't get any other specifics on what exact show(s) will air. But it appears WNEW has given up on taking on WTOP as the full service news station in town." WNEW just celebrated its third anniversary. The station has had a hard time ranking higher than 20th place in a DC market radio ratings round-up since its launch in January 2012.....

2/18 - Even though he retired from the DC TV news airwaves two years ago, veteran meteorolist Bob Ryan (right), 72, has been very busy on social media offering weather analysis and sharing forecasts. More at washingtonpost.com. Ryan came to DC in 1980, where he worked at Channel 4/WRC until 2010, and then from Channel 7/WJLA until his retirement in 2013.....

2/17 - Radio Insight tells us that Manning Broadcasting will soon launch adult contemporary 102.1 More FM in Hagerstown via the digital HD2 signal of its 106.9 FM, classic rock WWEG, The Eagle. The new translator will compete with West Virginia Radio Corporation's adult contemporary WLTF, 97.5 FM, in Martinsburg and Alpha Media's hot adult contemporary Mix 95.1, WIKZ, in Chambersburg. Manning purchased the W271BV translator in October for $25,000 from Airport Investors. It will operate with 250-watts from the tower of sister news talker WARK, 1490 AM.....

2/16 - A source tells DCRTV that Victor Murphy, head of engineering at Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA, leaves for a job at a Florida TV station. "Murphy was very well thought of by many," a colleague tells us.....

2/15 - Arlington Independent Media's low-power FM station was approved by the Federal Communications Commission for 96.7 FM, with call letters WERA-LPFM. The community-operated radio station must be broadcast-ready by December 9, the FCC added. More at arlnow.com.....

2/15 - Redskins great John Riggins, who already does a TV show called "Riggo On The Range," wants to do a show about beer brewing. He's shot a pilot called "Brew Stories," which is being produced by 44 Outdoors, which produces his current show. More at washingtonpost.com.....

2/15 - For Diane Rehm, the inability of the dying to get legal medical help to end their lives has been a recurring topic on her WAMU show. But her husband's slow death was a devastating episode that helped compel her to enter the contentious right-to-die debate. Rehm is becoming one of the country's most prominent figures in the right-to-die debate. And she's doing so just as proponents are trying to position the issue as the country's next big social fight, comparing it to abortion and gay marriage. The move puts Rehm in an ethically tricky but influential spot with her 2.6 million politically active listeners. Rehm said she knows that as a journalist, she must be careful. More at washingtonpost.com.....

2/13 - Relationship expert LaDawn Black, host of "The LaDawn Black Show" on Baltimore's WERQ, 92Q, is taking her show to WWIN-FM, Magic 95.9. Where it will air Monday through Friday from 7 PM to midnight, starting February 16. Both stations are owned by Radio One.....

2/13 - DCRTV Dave talks to DC radio and TV enthusiast Jonathan, who now lives in Japan, about Brian Williams, management changes at WBAL radio, an appearance by Tony Kornheiser in "The Americans," "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul," Greg Anthony's court deal, Alan Leinwand leaving Radio One, and much more. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

2/11 - Eddie Henderson, a lighting director for ABC in Washington, died February 6. The obituary for the Oxon Hill resident is at legacy.com.....

2/11 - More news changes at Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA. A source tells us: "The brain drain at WUSA continues. Liz Turrell from the assignment desk to CNN. Head of digital Manny Fantis takes a national job at Sinclair. Fantis single handedly turned around WUSA's web fortunes".....

2/7 - From thesentinel.com: The owner of Washington area radio station WMAL put its 75-acre 630 AM transmitter site in Bethesda on the market earlier this week, the first step in what will likely be the area's largest redevelopment project in years. Cumulus is receiving offers until March 12 from developers interested in the residential property, located at 7115 Greentree Road near the Beltway and I-270 spur. Local real estate experts estimate the property could be worth hundreds of millions. There is no asking price, but a representative from Cumulus' brokerage firm CBRE said the property's size and location should command strong competition.....

2/6 - The Brian Williams controversy, Andrew Sullivan backing away from his daily blogging, radio personalities like Chad Dukes who are adicted to Twitter. And much more with DCRTV Dave doing veteran DC radio watcher Jonathan's latest "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

2/3 - CBS Radio's DC cluster names Cathy Whissel director of music sales for urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5, and hot adult contemporary WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM. She's a veteran broadcast professional with over 35 years of success in the Washington and Baltimore markets. Whissel spent 21 years in sales management for WRQX and WMAL. Most recently, she was drector of local ad sales for Channel 2/WMAR.....

2/2 - DCRTV Dave does Pat Himes' "Ship It" podcast and talks about the current state of local TV and radio and why he started DCRTV almost 18 years ago. At fatherhoodrules.com.....

1/30 - Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has created a partnership with Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM, to highlight local musicians from the Baltimore/Washington region. On the last Friday of each month at 7 PM, BWI and WTMD will feature live music from a local band on the lower level of the terminal, near baggage claim 5. The first concert in this series, scheduled for tonight, will feature The Herd Of Main Street from the Baltimore area. BWI is also working with WTMD to present recorded music from local artists in several portions of the terminal.....

1/30 - What's former "Don And Mike Show" producer Beth Ann McBride up to these days? You'll be shocked. Could Channel 9/WUSA drop WeatherNation? More on those cuts at WAMU and the Washington Post. WPGC has a new morning man. And much more in this week's Sadly Lacking Podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan in Japan. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

1/29 - Mark Levin, who does his evening righty talk radio show from a studio in his Loudoun County home, signs a five-year contract extension with Westwood One. Although his show is heard on DC's WMAL, his "home" station remains NYC's WABC-AM.....

1/29 - DC-based Andrew Sullivan plans to stop blogging via "The Daily Dish." He writes: "I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I'm a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it's been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while".....

1/28 - Baltimore's Channel 24/WUTB adds the male-oriented Grit TV network among its digital subchannels. The classic show network is already carried among the digital subchannels of DC's Channel 14/WFDC.....

1/28 - The Federal Communications Commission has affirmed an earlier finding that $5,000 is owed by Brunswick MD's WTRI, 1520 AM, for being off the air more than seven months. Receiver Roger Rafson took over the silent station last summer. If WTRI doesn't return to the air by April 15, the FCC says it will yank the station's license.....

1/27 - No. She's not been demoted. But yes, that was all-newser WTOP's top exec, Program Director Laurie Cantillo, on the air this morning doing a traffic and road condition report after last night's snow. Cantillo was featured on-air live from Chevy Chase, with the conditions of Wisconsin Avenue and environs. "I did a lot of road patrol 'back in the day'," she tells DCRTV. "Fun to be back on the air now and then".....

1/27 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that DC-based political commentator Roland Martin switches radio syndicators, from Radio One's majority-owned Reach Media to David Anderson's Empowerment Radio Network. Martin is a frequent guest on cable TV and other radio shows, including Reach Media's "Tom Joyner Morning Show." His own show has been airing from 7 AM to 10 AM, with the final hour cable-cast on Radio One's "NewsOne Now." Radio One says that show had its best showing ever in the December ratings. Martin will keep doing that, but his new syndicated radio show will air from 10 AM to 1 PM, so he goes from ending his daily shift on TV to starting it there, and then immediately donning the role of radio host. The deal's between Empowerment Radio Network and Martin's own Nu Vision Media. He continues writing his syndicated column.....

1/23 - Via the latest "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast, DCRTV Dave and DC radio fan Jonathan talk sex. Specifically, CBS Sports college basketball commentator Greg Anthony's arrest for soliciting a prostitute last week in DC. Plus, more talk about whether Jack Diamond's radio career is really over. The latest DC radio ratings and what WNEW needs to do to get above 22nd place. What's Sinclair up to at Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. And, no talk about Don Geronimo. Got a half hour to burn? Then head to sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

1/22 - DCRTV gets confirmation from a top exec at CBS Radio's DC cluster that Pablo (right) has been canned from the morning show at rhythmic-urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM. His co-host Tati is on temporary hiatus, we hear. Look for Pablo's replacement to be announced next week, we're told. PGC, which was once usually a top five station in the DC radio ratings, has had trouble these days making it even into the top 10.....

1/21 - Condolences to DC TV and radio news veteran Mark Segraves, who has been missing from Channel 4/WRC, Channel 50/WDCW, and WNEW. His mom, Frances Segraves, 87, died January 14 at Holy Cross Hospital in Montgomery County. She was a reporter who worked at the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Star, and the Frederick News. Her obituary is at legacy.com.....

1/21 - Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi wonders if right-leaning Sinclair, the new owner of Channel 7/WJLA, is officially backing Dr. Ben Carson, a oft-mentioned candidate for president. The Republican neurosurgeon is from Baltimore, where the Sinclair is based. On Monday, Carson was a panelist on a televised "town hall" meeting about race relations, which was produced by WJLA. It aired on co-owned NewsChannel 8 and on Sinclair's stations in 78 markets. Carson also appeared on another Sinclair-produced "town hall" in October, regarding the Ebola outbreak. Farhi adds that Sinclair, in November, aired an hour-long autobiographical promotional film about Carson entitled "Ben Carson: A Breath Of Fresh Air, A New Prescription For America." WJLA even ran a commercial announcing Carson's infomercial, in effect airing an ad promoting a program-length ad, according to Farhi at washingtonpost.com.....

1/16 - Laurie Cantillo, WTOP's program director, tells DCRTV that her all-newser will continue featuring Dr. Drew Pinsky even though his one-minute daily health updates are being dropped from national syndication by Westwood One. Apparently, Pinsky is stopping the radio updates due to his busy schedule. But he'll still make time for WTOP, which has aired his reports twice daily in middays. "Dr. Drew loves his association with WTOP and will continue to be a regular guest," Cantillo says.....

1/16 - The apparent end of Jack Diamond's last radio gig - and his radio career? Doug Hill's decision to stay at WJLA. Why WBAL radio lost the Orioles. Some of my Oscar predictions. And many more local media ramblings, including some chat about RELM and Smash Hits, in this week's pairing of DCRTV Dave and Jonathan in his Sadly Lacking Radio podcast.....

1/14 - Is Jack Diamond (right) already gone from his less-than-two-month morning show gig at Chicago's classic hits WLS-FM? DCRTV recently told you that the DC radio legend, who got canned in 2013 from WRQX after 20 years, is now back in the DC area with stomach and intestinal problems. Windy City media blogger Robert Feder writes: "It's less clear whether the station expects Diamond back on the [WLS-FM] morning show, which he began hosting in November. His last broadcast was December 24. As of this week, Diamond is no longer being mentioned on the show and his name no longer appears in on-air promos." Diamond, 60, said via a Facebook posting this past weekend that he will be undergoing surgery for diverticulitis. He also said he hopes to return to the Chicago gig. Since leaving WRQX, back when it was known as Mix 107.3, Diamond has also had short-lasting radio gigs in Miami and San Diego.....

1/14 - Hot 99.5 morning man Kane, who is now being syndicated nationwide, will be launching a live after-show video podcast with his radio show co-hosts. It will be uncensored, utilize social media, and be seen on UStream, JMan's Media Zone tells us.....

1/13 - DCRTV hears that Hubbard all-newser WTOP is promoting Max Smith to Northern Virginia reporter. "Max has impressed us on election nights and with his coverage of the Bob McDonnell trial," writes Laurie Cantillo, WTOP's program director, in a staff memo today. "A self-starter, he knows how to work a beat and has deep knowledge of the issues and political players in Virginia. He has also represented WTOP well on local and national television".....

1/13 - We're hearing more about Hubbard all-newser WTOP's recently upgraded wtop.com website. The new "mobile-optimized" site accompanies a new "interactive" mobile app. The new WTOP.com utilizes "responsive" technology which formats the website appearance to match whatever device the user is on, according to a station release. Some of the other new features include expanded Living, Sports, Technology, and Entertainment sections, an enhanced weather section, more photos, and "a cleaner and more modern look." The new new mobile app, which was developed by AudioNow Digital, "presents a simple one-click listening experience and offers a person the ability to listen through their data or voice plan." In addition, it provides links to the WTOP mobile site, social media integration, a feed of the latest WTOP headlines and the ability to send photos, audio, or video directly to WTOP. The app is available for iPhone and Android.....

1/13 - Baltimore sports talk radio veteran Drew Forrester has unveiled his Drew's Morning Dish mobile app for both Android and Apple phone users. Since the January 5 launch, there have been 770 downloads, the former WNST personality tells us. "Not only can users read the #DMD daily blog, they can listen to my twice weekly podcast and receive special discount and promotional offers from my corporate partners," he says. The app was created by N2o Solutions and is available in the Google Play Store and via Amazon. Forrester started his DrewsMorningDish.com website in October. "We're excited about bringing Baltimore sports fans the high quality discussion they want via the #DMD blog every morning and we're on the verge of announcing some other big plans for the website in the coming weeks," he tells DCRTV.....

1/13 - The losing Redskins' local television ratings dropped for a second consecutive year. The slump was much more pronounced this season than it was from 2012 to 2013. The 14.7 percent drop in the Redskins' local market television rating from 2013 to 2014 was the fourth-largest in the league. The Redskins' average household rating of 22.7 ranked 22nd in the NFL and was 5.5 rating points below the league average. During the 2013 season, the Redskins ranked 19th in local TV ratings. In 2012, they finished 16th. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

1/13 - The Baltimore Sun has more on yesterday's big news that the Orioles will jump from Hearst news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, to CBS sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM. The move comes after the Orioles had signed a multi-year extension with WBAL-AM before the 2014 season. But, according to the Sun, the deal contained an opt-out clause that allowed the team to bring the broadcast rights up for negotiation again after the season. Cary Pahigian, who took over as president and general manager at WBAL in June, said the station will still offer exclusive coverage of the Orioles despite no longer being the flagship. WBAL served as the Orioles' radio broadcast home from 1957 to 1978, from 1988 to 2006, and then from 2011 to 2014. "WBAL has been an important part of the Baltimore and Maryland community for 90 years. We have great respect for the Orioles organization. We can only wish them the very best and our admiration for them remains intact," Pahigian tells the Sun. "We will stay committed to our sports coverage." The station remains the Ravens flagship and will continue to carry Navy football.....

1/13 - Comcast SportsNet and the Morrison Brothers Band, a country group based in the DC area, have collaborated to produce an original song, "Ice On Fire," and music video that will be featured in the network's coverage of the Washington Capitals. The Morrison Brothers Band's performance of the new song will serve as the opening theme for CSN's live-game coverage of the Capitals on Saturday nights for the remainder of the season. The new material premiere on the network January 10 when the Capitals hosted the Detroit Red Wings. "Ice On Fire" was recorded in Falls Church in November. The music video was shot at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the team's training facility in Arlington. and produced by Comcast SportsNet. Check out the video at csnwashington.com.....

1/12 - What in the world is John McCaslin up to these days? You remember him. He used to co-host the Washington-based "America's Morning News" radio show which was affiliated with the Washington Times and TRN, and, last year, went on to help with ESPN co-founder Scott Rasmussen's not-yet-announced multi-platform national news operation, set to launch this past fall. Well, we hear from McCaslin that Rasmussen's Styrk is in the midst of a soft-launch. And he tells DCRTV: "Our video newscast has been in numerous airports for two months, with more in store".....

1/12 - More news about Channel 11/WBAL. The Baltimore station moves up the start of its morning news block to 4:30 AM, from 5 AM, starting today. Station manager Dan Joerres says the Hearst-owned station is making the move in reaction to changes in work and lifestyle that finds viewers starting their days earlier, so reports the Baltimore Sun.....

1/12 - From NewsBlues: A week from today, Kai Jackson (right) will debut as the new lead anchor at Sinclair flagship Channel 45/WBFF in Baltimore. But, according to Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik, his debut will be undercut by the station's "egregious" mishandling of the "kill a cop" demonstration coverage in December. Melinda Roeder, the veteran reporter who covered the story, was fired, along with photog Greg McNair, who reportedly shot and edited the video. News Director Mike Tomko and a senior producer were briefly suspended. "Journalists are trained to know that 'making stuff up' is just about the worst thing you can do," said Jay Rosen, who teaches journalism at New York University. "Broadcast news is an intensely collaborative environment. No one works on their own. Therefore, this could not be a 'rogue reporter' thing. It had to be collaborative deception, which is a different animal." "That in turn suggested that the culture of the WBFF newsroom somehow communicated to the people involved that this was an okay thing to do, that their deception could make it on air, that it would win applause from higher-ups," said Rosen. "I have looked into this situation," said Scott Livingston, the head of news for Sinclair. "We sincerely regret the error. We have apologized to the people directly affected. We did a thorough investigation and took appropriate action. We have reviewed our internal process to ensure something such as this doesn't happen again." Adds NewsBlues editor Mike James: "Translation: We gave you a scapegoat. What else do you want from us?" In late 2013, Jackson left CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore and has been working as a DC-based correspondent for Sinclair before joining WBFF.....

1/11 - DC radio legend Jack Diamond reveals via his Facebook page that he's suffering from "serious stomach issues" and has returned to the DC area to get treatment, which could include surgery. The docs have diagnosed it as diverticulitis. "So, I am in DC, where my wonderful gastroenterologist is located, along with the surgeon he works with. We did an endoscopy and colonoscopy yesterday and will be making a decision on surgery over the weekend. I hope to return to Chicago absolutely as soon as possible," he writes. Diamond, who got canned in the spring of 2013 after 20 years with WRQX, started a morning gig at Chicago classic hits outlet WLS-FM in November.....

1/9 - The National Sportscasters And Sportswriters Association has unveiled its honorees for 2014. Locally, Comcast SportsNet's Joe Beninati and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network's Bob Carpenter take the honors for DC's top sportscasters. Thom Loverro takes the DC sportswriter award for his work with the Washington Times. Area sports veteran Johnny Holliday is honored as top Maryland sportscaster for his work with the Terrapin Sports Network and MASN. With the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec honored as top Maryland sportswriter. They will be "enshrined" during the NSSA's annual awards banquet on June 8 in Salisbury NC.....

1/7 - Randall Bloomquist steps down after a year as Atlanta-based Cumulus's corporate program director for its news talkers, including DC's WMAL. The company, which has seen rather substantial ratings slumps at many of its large market news talkers around the country, WMAL excluded, says that Bloomquist's departure is due to "family matters." Over the years, Bloomberg has programmed news talkers in Atlanta and Charlotte, in addition to stints at WMAL.....

1/7 - From Tom Taylor Now: Alpha hunts down more stations to buy. The company's Larry Wilson and Bob Proffitt just paid $13.7 to buy the Access1 clusters in Louisiana and Texas, and the rumor mill has the company now looking at Fredericksburg. That's where Sandton Capital scarfed up the debt of newspaper/radio owner Free Lance-Star and pulled the rug out from under the Rowe family that had owned the paper for 130 years, Taylor says. A deal announcement should be close, he adds, though one of the issues that's been a holdup could be the physical location of country WFLS, 93.3 FM, and its radio siblings. Sandton presumably wants to sell the building they're in, since they now occupy only about a third of the space, Taylor adds. Many suitors toured the Free Lance-Star radio group before last year's auction, which Sandton won with a credit bid of $30.2 million for the combined radio and print assets. Wilson wanted Fredericksburg back then - and may finally be ready to pounce, according to Taylor.....

1/7 - Bloomberg Radio will service the CBS-owned all-news and news-talk stations in 12 major markets, Tom Taylor Now reports. Including CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1, in the DC market. Bloomberg Radio is replacing the short-form reports previously supplied by Dow Jones-owned Wall Street Journal Radio and MarketWatch. Dow Jones exited the radio business at the end of 2014.....

1/7 - Jay Gleason leaves his gig as web content manager for Cumulus's DC radio cluster, including news talker WMAL and contemporary hit WRQX. He's been with the stations all the way back to their ABC ownership in 2005.....

1/6 - Salisbury MD's Channel 16/WBOC says its wboc.com website has been "hacked" by a group "posting pro-extreme Islamic messages on the website," according to Delmarva news talker WGMD. "We have managed to take back control of WBOC.com," station manager Craig Jahelka told WGMD News. "We have contacted Twitter to let them know that our account has been hacked, but they haven't done anything yet." The postings to the site were from a group calling itself the CyberCaliphate, which it says has infiltrated other databases across the country. WBOC says they have the situation under control and they are evaluating how to proceed with site security, WGMD adds.....

1/6 - Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680 AM, expands its "Sean And Frank" morning show, now running from 5 AM to 9 AM. Sean Casey has been on air for 38 years, while Frank Luber is celebrating his 58th year on local TV and radio. Joe Armacost serves as the show's executive producer as well as providing many character voices. Chuck Whitaker, who has been covering Baltimore traffic since 1969, continues with his reports on the show.....

1/5 - From Melanie Alnwick's Facebook page: "A little bit of news to share on this first work week of 2015 - I'll be joining the 'Fox 5 Morning News' and 'Good Day DC' anchor team M-F. After 15 years, finally - weekends off." She had been anchoring the Fox-owned station's weekend morning newscasts.....

1/3 - The polls have closed and the votes are in for the DC and Baltimore area's "best" and "worst" in local media, including radio, TV, websites, print, and much more. At BW2014. Now, get busy on those lists for 2015. Happy new year.....

1/2 - DCRTV Dave talks to DC area radio veteran listener Jonathan, who just relocated from Australia to Japan, about what 2015 holds for the local media scene. And we take a quick look back at the infamy of 2014. More than half an hour of captivating talk awaits you at Jonathan's Sadly Lacking Radio podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

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