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Garrison Keillor Suffered Seizure At Wolf Trap - 6/6 - Garrison Keillor, host of public radio's "Prairie Home Companion," recently suffered a brain seizure. Keillor reveals on Facebook that he had a seizure while in Virginia - he was at Wolf Trap on May 27 and 28. But was able to do his shows. He was seen in a local emergency room, then later flew back to Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. And, over this past weekend, he did his scheduled Saturday evening show in Atlanta. Garrison's last regularly scheduled "Prairie Home" is July 1. Musician and entertainer Chris Thile will take over hosting duties of "Prairie Home" this fall. The show's distributed by American Public Media.....

More News Cuts At WAMU - 6/1 - From DCRTV's Mailbag: "We hear the hatchet fell again this week inside the WAMU newsroom. It came with the pink-slipping of Senior News Editor Ashley Dejean, the remaining news manager there. General Manager JJ Yore continues to dismantle what once was an award-winning news staff. Dejean joins Rebecca Blatt, Matt Bush, Meymo Lyons, Michael Pope, Elliott Francis, Bryan Russo, Sabri Ben-Achour, Bill Redlin, Lauren Landau and Tara Boyle. And whatever happened to "Metro Connection" and its host, Rebecca Sheir, who were supposed to return to the airwaves after a 're-imagining'? The news department once had reporters covering many beats: DC City Hall, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, Annapolis, Richmond, Baltimore, the environment, education, the arts, and labor. And remember when it had regular traffic and weather reports? Now it only has three full time reporters: Armando Trull, Kavitha Cardoza, and Patrick Madden. WAMU's frequent newscasts, daily reporting and in-depth local and regional coverage... along with NPR's 'Morning Edition' and 'All Things Considered'... help lift the station from being an also-ran to #1 in the market, beating WTOP. It remains #2 but how long will that last with 'The Kojo Nnamdi Show' reduced to an hour, 'The Diane Rehm Show' soon to lose its host and local/regional news being gutted? Perhaps they should just go 'All NPR, all the time'".....

2 To Carry Ravens Preseason Games That Clash With Olympics On 11 - 6/1 - From DCRTV's Mailbag: "The first two Baltimore Ravens pre-season games will apparently be preempted by Olympics coverage on NBC. WBAL-TV is only carrying the 2nd two games. CSN is also carrying them, but so far no local Baltimore TV station has been secured for the 1st two games. PA's WHTM ABC 27 and WJLA ABC 7 will again have all four games. Surprisingly, no local Eastern Shore coverage outside of CSN either, assuming you have the right cable package." More: Bill Hooper, general manager of Baltimore's Channel 2 tells us: "WMAR-TV will be carrying the first two Raven preseason games".....

Tati Reunites With Pablo In San Diego - 5/28 - Former WPGC morning host Pablo Sato reunites with Tati, who recently left the CBS urban contemporary outlet. They'll be heard in mornings on a new urban contemporary format in San Diego, via KSSX, Jam'n 95.7, an iHeart station. Former WPGC program director and air personality Rob Scorpio is the program director of KSSX. Tati and Pablo came to WPGC, 95.5, from another station in San Diego in 2013. Last year, Pablo got bounced for low-ish ratings and Joe Clair got hired as new morning host. Tati stayed with Clair until early May, when she said she'd be heading back to San Diego.....

Source: Veronica Johnson To 7 - 5/27 - Confirming rumors that we've reported. A well-placed DC TV source tells us that weather personality Veronica Johnson (right), who recently left Channel 4/WRC, will head to Channel 7/WJLA's "Good Morning Washington" show to replace Jacqui Jeras, who is moving back to Atlanta. More as we hear it.....

OC Radioer Picks Up O'Meara's Show - 5/25 - "The Mike O'Meara Show" will return to the Ocean City radio dial on Friday, May 27. The show will air five days a week from 7 PM to 9 PM on 97.1 The Wave, WAVD. O'Meara was partnered with Don Geronimo via "The Don And Mike Show" on WJFK-FM through the 1990s until 2008. He currently does a podcast that's available at mikeomearashow.com.....

White Men Earn More At WaPo - 5/24 - White male reporters at the Washington Post out-earn all other reporters by an average of 20%. That's one of the findings in a just-released salary analysis by the Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild. Erik Wemple has the details at washingtonpost.com.....

Dumfries Catholic School Starts FMer - 5/23 - John Paul The Great Catholic High School in Dumfries has launched a low-power FM radio station, WJPN, on 106.3. It will be used to broadcast classes, community information, and to simulcast the EWTN Catholic Radio Network. According to potomaclocal.com, next year, the school will begin a communications course to teach students about radio broadcasting and to create more original content for the station that could include broadcasting sports games. The school spent two years raising more than $250,000 to cover permit costs, legal fees, and equipment.....

Graham, Bicknell, Buccheri, Ford To MD Hall Of Fame - 5/23 - From DCRTV's Mailbag: "An enthusiastic and sold-out house of 400 attended the 7th Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame ceremonies in Baltimore on Sunday. Radio inductees included veteran programmer and personality Ed Graham, former V103 legend and 'High Priest of Soul' JB Brown, DC rock and roll jock Davy Jones/Paul Bicknell (WPGC, XTRA 104 and others), WKTK legend Joe Buccheri, and local radio and voice over artist Ty Ford. Others on hand included radio veterans Randy Dennis, Roy Sampson, Pat O'Brennan, Annie B, and Bob Mathers. Also feted were local musical acts Appaloosa, the Rodney Kelley Experience, and the Admirals... and posthumous recognition for innovative guitarist Link Wray".....

Joanna Campbell To WZBA - 5/22 - Joanna Campbell has announced on her Facebook page that she's joining Times-Shamrock Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay. No word on the time slot. She left CBS Baltimore hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5, in April, after doing afternoons with Priestly. No reason given but we're told it was a budget-mandated contract non-renewal. More as we hear it.....

Brett Haber Busy Covering Tennis - 5/20 - Former DC sports anchor Brett Haber (right), who worked at Channel 5/WTTG and Channel 9/WUSA, is in Paris for his sixth French Open with the Tennis Channel. Also, we hear that he's re-signed with NBC to be the studio host for tennis at the Rio Olympics. Haber still lives in the DC area.....

Sinclair Expands "Government Matters" To Weeknights - 5/17 - Sinclair will expand its Sunday morning "Government Affairs" Channel 7/WJLA show to weeknights on sister NewsChannel 8. Starting June 13, the federal government news show will air live on NC8 at 8 PM with an 11 PM re-play, Mondays thru Fridays. The weekly "Government Matters" Sunday program will continue to air at 10:30 AM on WJLA. The program will be hosted by Francis Rose, who has covered the federal marketplace on both radio and TV for more than a decade. In addition, there's a new website for the show - GovMatters.tv. Also, John Meyer, one of the primary architects behind the development of Hubbard's WFED, Federal News Radio, has been hired as director of federal sales and operations for WJLA and NC8. "'Government Matters' is dedicated to providing nonpartisan facts and analysis to federal managers, contractors, and those supporting the federal community in our area," said WJLA General Manager Dan Mellon. "By expanding to weeknights we feel we can better serve this important audience".....

"Q&A" Eyes Holliday - 5/15 - Even though she recently took a producer job with MSNBC's "Hardball" show with Chair Matthews, DC media veteran Carol Joynt vows to continue with her "Q&A Cafe" restaurant-based interview series with local media personalities. And, she tells us, she's working with the Nationals' organization to line up DC DC sports and radio vet Johnny Holliday for a "Q&A" this summer. Departing from her normal venue, she hopes to tape the Holliday show at Nationals Park. Also, Joynt adds that she's planning a big 15th anniversary for the show in October.....

Changing Landscape For CapHill Pubs - 5/14 - Capitol Hill publications like the Hill, Roll Call, and National Journal, for decades a Beltway staple, are scrambling to compete in a shifting political landscape. At nytimes.com.....

Trump Slams WaPo Owner Bezos - 5/13 - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has lashed out at Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, claiming that the founder of Amazon.com was using his newspaper as a tool to influence corporate tax policy. Trump was responding to Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward's disclosure that the newspaper has assigned 20 reporters to investigate the real estate mogul's life. More at foxnews.com. Trump's antitrust attack on Jeff Bezos doesn't make much sense, so reports washingtonpost.com.....

DCRTV Memories: Captain Dan & Johnny Holliday - 5/13 - From YouTube: "Captain Dan used to be a household name in the DC metro area, and Johnny Holiday used to be young! I remember Captain Dan visiting my school when I was in 5th or 6th grade. They passed out over-sized color postcards with Dan and his copter, with a pre-printed autograph".....


Pat Collins Celebrates 30 At 4 - 5/13 - Reporter Pat Collins joined Channel 4/WRC 30 years ago, in 1986. And the NBC station does a tribute at nbcwashington.com.....

WCBM Crushes WBAL In Battle Of Balto Talkers - 5/11 - Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680, is crowing about its stunning defeat of longtime news talker leader WBAL-AM, 1090, in the April monthly radio ratings. "According to the Neilsen April numbers, we see that WCBM has overtaken WBAL as the number one news-talk station," according to a WCBM announcement. "This is the first time since WCBM became a news talk station that they led WBAL in all (age) 12+ categories - average pesons, average rating, average cume, and average share, Monday through Sunday, 6 AM to midnight. Could this be the beginning of a new trend in Baltimore radio?" In the full-day age 6+ April numbers, WCBM placed 9th to WBAL's 13th. WCBM, which features a local talk line-up in mornings, relies on national conservative talkers like Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and Mark Levin the rest of the day. WBAL remains locally-based all-day with drivetime news blocks and political talk, with sports talk in evenings. Part of WBAL's slump can be blamed on its loss of the Orioles, which flew to 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, last year. Cary Pahigian, WBAL radio's president and general manager, declined our request for comment.....

WTOP Owner Backs Trump - 5/11 - From NewsBlues: Stanley Hubbard, the billionaire broadcasting executive who has been a prolific giver to Republican candidates and causes, will join the advisory committee of Great America PAC, a pro-Donald Trump super PAC. During the primary, Minneapolis-based Hubbard cut a $10,000 check to the Our Principles PAC, a group that was devoted to defeating Trump. In an interview Monday, Hubbard said he's no fan of Trump, but he thinks he's a better choice than Hillary Clinton. "All of my favorite candidates dropped out one by one," said Hubbard. "We're down to my least favorite candidate. And my least favorite candidate is better than Hillary Clinton in terms of what's best for the country." Hubbard Broadcasting owns 10 TV stations and 45 radio outlets nationwide, including DC all-newser WTOP.....

Fox 5's Perkins Interviews Dick Cavett - 5/10 - Channel 5/WTTG anchor Tony Perkins and his podcast co-host, Gary Stein, have done a long-form interview with former ABC late-night talk show host Dick Cavett on the current episode of their show, "The Tony Perkins Show Featuring Gary Stein." In the episode, out now, Cavett talks about his memorable interviews with people like Katharine Hepburn, Groucho Marx, and John Lennon. Perkins and Stein, a former comedy writer and producer at ABC and Fox, recently held a live taping of their show at the DC Improv, which sold out. "The Tony Perkins Show" is part of Mike O'Meara's MORE Network. You can hear the show at TonyPerkinsShow.com.....

Cumulus: Turnaround At RQX - 5/6 - Addressing investors yesterday, Mary Berner, the new CEO of almost-bankrupt Cumulus, claimed that a number of her troubled stations are seeing upturns. Including DC's WRQX, Mix 107.3, which recently brought back morning man Jack Diamond and its hot adult contemporary format after two years doing other formatic flirts. Berner says along with better ratings and the rehiring of Diamond, "we've got endorsement business back, which is great." However, the station placed 16th in the latest monthly ratings, well-below its format rivals of iHeart's Hot 99.5 and WASH, and CBS's 94.7 Fresh FM. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

Radio One Gets Cozy With MGM Casino In PG - 5/6 - Silver Spring-based urban radio giant Radio One says its first quarter 2016 radio revenue was down less than 1% as things get "stabilized." Best-performing markets overall were DC, Charlotte, and Cleveland. The firm is also about to plunk down another $35 million at the MGM casino complex being built at National Harbor in Prince George's County. According to Tom Taylor Now, the casino could do $700 million in gaming revenues, and Radio One gets 1% of that. It's already paid MGM $5 million. Also, MGM plans to spend $1 million a year to buy ads on Radio One stations in DC like WKYS and WMMJ. Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins says that "our share of the gaming revenue will be significant in 2017".....

Lara Logan To Texas - 4/28 - DC-based Lara Logan is scaling back her work on CBS's "60 Minutes" and is moving to Texas to spend more time with her family, according to People magazine.....

Billy Bush To "Today" - 4/28 - One-time DC radio host Billy Bush, host of the syndicated "Access Hollywood Live," will join the 9 AM hour of NBC's "Today" in September. He will move from LA to NYC for the "Today" gig. In the 1990s, Bush hosted mornings on now defunct DC contemporary music outlet Z104, WWZZ.....

New EP For Diamond's Show - 4/27 - Blaire Galaton-Kelleher joins Cumulus's hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, as executive producer of "The Jack Diamond Morning Show." She comes from Philadelphia where she was executive producer of the morning show at hot adult contemporary WBEB, 101.1 More FM. Before that, she spent many years as executive producer and on-air talent for contemporary hit WIOQ, Q102.....

Matthews Loses Congressional Bid - 4/27 - Former Channel 7/WJLA news anchor and reporter Kathleen Matthews placed third in her attempt to run for Congress in Maryland's 8th district as a Democrat. More Tuesday primaty results at washingtonpost.com. She's married to MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews.....

Ron Weber's Still A Caps Fan - 4/27 - The Washington Post profiles Ron Weber, 82, the Washington Capitals' former radio voice who had witnessed each of the franchise's first 1,936 games during his 23-year tenure. He stopped calling games in April 1997, and six years ago received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall Of Fame. Since he retired, he's gone to about 35 home games a year. That’s more than 600 additional post-retirement games.....

Radio One CEO Made $5.9M In 2015 - 4/26 - Total 2015 compensation for Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins was $5.9 million. According to Tom Taylor Now, the head of the Silver Spring-based urban radio broadcaster banked over $1 million in bonus (versus none in 2014) and about $1.3 million in stock awards to sweeten his base salary of $1.25 million. Liggins' combined haul - an eyebrow-raising $5.9 million. Much of that was due to the one-time payment of $1,536,381 he was due from his involvement with the TV One cable division. Taylor adds that Liggins got "an award equal to approximately 4% of any proceeds from distributions or other liquidity events" related to "the return of the company's aggregate investment in TV One." That was triggered by Radio One buying out minority partner Comcast. As for Liggins's mother and Radio One founder and current chair Cathy Hughes, thanks to a bonus of $425,000 (she got no bonus in 2014) and $656,000 in stock awards, her total comp last year was about $2,470,000. That's literally double her $1,150,000 for 2014, according to Taylor.....

Fannon's 18th Year Calling Villanova Hoops - 4/23 - Alexandria's Ryan Fannon has been the play-by-play basketball voice of Philadelphia's Villavova University for 18 years. He gets profiled at alexandriagazette.com.....

Staxx Williams To NYC - 4/22 - Staxx Williams leaves his imaging director post at iHeart's DC-Baltimore operations, where he's been working with alt rocker DC101, WWDC, classic hits Big 100.3, WBIG, and classic hits Jack 102.7, WQSR. For a like gig at the company's contemporary hits WHTZ and urban contemporary WKTU in NYC.....

WLIR Founder Dies In Baltimore - 4/22 - DC had Jake Einstein, a radio maverick who built the legendary progressive rocker WHFS. NYC had Elton Spitzer, who created WLIR, which introduced many "New Wave" alternative rock bands in the 1980s onto the American radio dial - including U2, the Ramones, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, and the Cure. Spitzer, 84, died April 17 in Baltimore of complications related to Parkinson's disease. More at newsday.com.....

30 DC Years For Brian Wilson - 4/15 - Congrats to Brian Wilson (not the Beach Boy or the Baltimore radio personality) who celebrates his 30th year in DC. Wilson (right) came to Channel 5/WTTG, just as it was bought by Fox in April 1986, to be its Capitol Hill reporter. And he later jumped to sister Fox News Channel as a reporter and anchor, where he also covered Capitol Hill. Almost four years ago, the Odessa, Texas native joined news talker WMAL, 105.9/630, as its morning co-host, where he currently does "Mornings On The Mall" with Larry O'Connor.....

Mark Weaver Back On Air In Florida - 4/11 - Retired WMAL newsman Mark Weaver (right) is back on the air, this time in Florida. He has returned to the airways hosting the morning program on News Radio 1300 WKQK in Cocoa Beach. "I had not worked for two years so when this opportunity became available I got back into the game," says Weaver, who now lives near Cape Canaveral. "The 5,000-watt AM station focuses on local news and community events in Brevard County, which is also known as the Space Coast of Florida. The owner is bringing radio back to what it used to do - serve the local community," he adds. Weaver, who retired in October 2013 after 25 years broadcasting the news at WMAL, says he's having a lot of fun working in local radio. He is also broadcasting rocket launches live from the Kennedy Space Center. Weaver can be reached at markweaver@radio1300.com.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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