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Rants from 2011.....

12/30 - DCRTV hears that Tommy McFly, who does mornings on CBS's hot adult contemporary Fresh FM, 94.7, will be doing entertainment news reports for CBS's new all-news WNEW, 99.1, which debuts in January. Earlier this year, McFly left Citadel/Cumulus's hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, where he did evenings.....

12/29 - Sports and sports media columnist Dave McKenna is leaving the Washington City Paper after 26 years. He penned the "Cheap Seats" column, which focused on many offbeat sports stories and criticized area sports moguls, including Redskins owner Dan Snyder. This year, Snyder filed and later dropped a $2 million defamation suit against the City Paper and McKenna for a November 2010 piece that parodied Snyder's business dealings over the years. According to the Washington Post, City Paper Editor Michael Schaffer would not elaborate on the reason for McKenna's departure, but he did say that it wasn't related to the lawsuit. Over the years, McKenna has freelanced numerous music concert reviews for the Post. McKenna pens his final City Paper column, along with another slam against Snyder, at washingtoncitypaper.com.....

12/30 - DCRTV tipped you earlier this month that some more changes, probably another round of Cumulus job cuts, could be coming to news talker WMAL and hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, come the first week of January. Cumulus already slashed about a dozen jobs at its DC radio cluster on Jenifer Street in September, along with the elimintion of classic rocker WVRX, 105.9 The Edge. And now, we're hearing that "something is up" from an inside source. While we've reported that WMAL late morning man Chris Plante will get a syndication deal in the new year, the ax could be swinging over at WRQX. Should morning man Jack Diamond and his show crew be worried? We'll know more next week.....

12/27 - The Christmas tunes have ended and CBS's 99.1, WNEW, is now playing "The History Of Rock And Roll." Will this last for three-ish more weeks or will we be treated to something else as the station "stunts" in preparation for its flip to all-news in mid-January? Stay tuned.....

12/26 - CBS's new WNEW, 99.1 FM, is still airing Christmas tunes on the day after Christmas. So, what will the station be running from now until it launches its all-news format next month? Not more holiday tunes? "We're about to unwrap a Christmas present for DC and Baltimore that will air until the news station launches in mid-January," we hear from a cryptic Lanham source. More soon.....

12/23 - DCRTV hears that Rachel Crowson resigns as news director at Metro Networks in Silver Spring to jump to Talk Radio Network's America's Radio News Network, which is produced in Alexandria and heard on radio stations like Baltimore's 1370 AM, WVIE. In her old gig, she'd been heard on numerous area radio newscasts, including via DC's WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM.....

12/22 - Robert Morgan, 25, of Fairfax, a "BASE" jumper, was injured and cited for trespassing on December 21 after his parachute didn't fully open when he jumped off the Maryland Public Television, Channel 22/WMPT tower in Crownsville, near Annapolis. According to rbr.com, Morgan sustained injuries to his legs and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. Police said Morgan and another man, Sean Bullington, 34, of Draper UT, were at the tower in the early morning hours. Bullington was also cited for trespassing on private property, and cited for making false statements to a police officer. In a separate incident last week, five people were charged with trespassing and one was injured after one person tried to "BASE" jump off the WETA-FM tower in Arlington.....

12/22 - We're hearing rumblings that WPWC, 1480 AM in the Dumfries area of Prince William County, will be flipping to a talk format on January 2. Including Stephanie Miller. More soon.....

12/21 - Finally, we get to see an official logo (right) for CBS's new DC area all-newser, WNEW, which debuts in January on 99.1 FM. A smaller "mic flag" logo can also be seen at the top of washington.cbslocal.com. More: Still no official launch date other than "mid-January," we hear.....

12/21 - Sports reporter Jennifer Royle (right) will be leaving Baltimore sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, at the end of the Ravens' season. While she has no plans for her next career move, she tells the Baltimore Sun that she wants to return to her home of Boston and has been rumored to be in-line for a gig at the New England Sports Network. Royle came to Baltimore in March 2010 after seven years of covering the New York Yankees for the YES Network and the Major League Baseball radio network. Before joining CBS's WJZ-FM, she covered the Orioles and baseball for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Royle, who has been a frequent ridicule target at Baltimore sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, filed and later dropped a defamation lawsuit against the station and its owner, Nestor Aparicio.....

12/21 - Jack Estepp, 88, who was a lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission from the 1950s until his retirement in 1980, died December 4 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in DC. He'd lived in Chevy Chase.....

12/21 - A DCRTVer tells us: "Clear Channel DC loses two senior account executives as Colleen Werling and Karen Hoffman turn in their key cards." More ad sales departures coming at 1801 Rockville Pike? Stay tuned.....

12/21 - It looks like CBS Radio/DC and Jerry Hoyt have parted company. As DCRTV recently told you, Hoyt got removed from his programming post at talker 1580 AM, which has recently been rebranded with the WNEW-AM call and may soon be flipped to a federal news and talk format to battle Hubbard's WFED, Federal News Radio. Hoyt used to program the HFS alt rock stream on WIAD 94.7's HD2, until that got shifted to CBS Radio/Baltimore in August.....

12/19 - DCRTV hears that Angela Foster is back doing morning traffic on Channel 2/WMAR after a two-year absence caused by the Scripps ABC affiliate changing local traffic providers.....

12/19 - The Washington Post is out with its annual "Post 200" list of top public companies headquartered in the Washington area. And, for 2011 in the media category, Tysons Corner-based media giant Gannett is tops, at 14th, down from 11th last year. Locally, the firm owns USA Today and Channel 9/WUSA. The Washington Post Company ranks 16th, down from 13th. Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications places 18th, down from 16th. Radio ratings firm Arbitron, located in Columbia MD, ranks 53rd, down from 48th. And, urban media giant Radio One, which moved from Lanham to Silver Spring earlier this year, places 63rd, down from 61st. Locally, it owns a batch of radio stations, including WKYS, WERQ, WWIN, and WMMJ.....

12/19 - DCRTV hears that CBS's new DC all-newser, WNEW, which launches in January on 99.1 FM, will also include the Baltimore area in its mix of news, traffic, and weather. The station's transmitter is in western Anne Arundel County, technically within the Baltimore radio market. On a signal originally licensed to Annapolis, the new WNEW is now licensed to Bowie, in eastern Prince George's County. While Baltimore doesn't have a fulltime all-news outlet, Hearst news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, does feature all-news-formatted programming blocks during its morning and afternoon drivetimes.....

12/19 - DCRTV hears from reliable sources that there will be another round of cuts at Cumulus news talker WMAL and hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, WRQX, come early January. Also, we hear that righty rager Chris Plante, who hosts the 9 AM to noon slot, will be given "a limited syndication run" with WMAL "feeding his show to a handful of other stations." Plante will be off the next two weeks, in preparation for the expansion, a source tells us. Cumulus head Lew Dickey paid a visit to his DC stations earlier this month. We're told that he wants to "launch more product from centralized programming points with vacant multiple studios" and Cumulus DC on Jenifer Street has several vacant studios with the September replacement of classic rocker 105.9 The Edge by WMAL's FM relay. Holiday schedules at Cumulus's DC radio complex have resulted in three employees who were pink-slipped during a round of cuts in September being brought back to fill-in at Mix 107.3, we're told. More soon.....

12/18 - Trade pub FMQB names Dave Hill, who programs Baltimore's 98 Rock, WIYY, "Program Director Of The Year/Major Market" in its end-of-year rock radio awards.....

12/16 - DCRTV told you weeks ago that it was coming. Today, Gannett-owned Channel 9/WUSA adds African American-oriented network Bounce TV to its digital 9.2 channel, with its Live Doppler 9000 HD radar weather moved to 9.3. Area cable TV systems will continue carrying the WUSA weather radar channel, with Bounce TV available only via 9's antenna-delivered signal - for now.....

12/16 - DCRTV hears that WTOP anchor and reporter Evan Haning is jumping to CBS's new all-newser WNEW. "We wish him only the best," says Jim Farley, WTOP's vice president for news and programming. "Evan has done a fine job as a WTOP anchor and reporter, is a first-rate team player, and well-liked in the WTOP newsroom and in this building as a whole. He's a pro." His last day in the Hubbard station's "Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center" will be January 1. WNEW's all-news format debuts in January.....

12/15 - A woman allegedly parachuted from Classical 90.9, WETA-FM's tower in North Arlington at 10:30 PM Wednesday. The jumper reportedly became tangled when she landed in a tree in the 5200 block of North 19th Road. Onlookers say they saw her detach from her parachute and attempt to climb down the tree. She fell and was taken to the hospital for her injuries, reports ARLnow.com. Police charged five people with trespassing for climbing the tower - three men, ages 48, 30, and 25, along with two women, ages 48 and 30. The jumper is listed as being from Litchfield CT.....

12/15 - Redskins great John Riggins (right) is leaving his afternoon gig at the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and his daily WTOP appearances to do work for the Outdoor Channel. He writes on Facebook: "I am much obliged to MASN and WTOP for allowing me to be a part of your day the past 18 months. I'm grateful to our sponsors because without them there wouldn't have been a John Riggins show. Many thanks to Tod Castleberry, my co-host, and tireless visionary who made it all work; to Kevin Stanfield, my board op, who made me laugh regularly; and to Artie Schweitzer for all his contributions".....

12/15 - A source tells DCRTV that Sarah Jacobs, who used to do newscasts on CBS Radio's hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5 in Baltimore, will head south on I-95 to Lanham to work for CBS's co-owned new DC all-newser WNEW, 99.1, which debuts in January.....

12/14 - Remember Paul Duckworth, news talker WMAL's former program director? DCRTV hears that he is alive and well and living in St. Petersburg, Florida, "enjoying the sunshine." After his WMAL employment ended, he headed down to Dallas in 2010 to program news talker KLIF. However, "After three months and some health concerns, I decided that I needed to slow down, at least, for a while," he tells DCRTV. "So I left the station." With his health issues all cleared up, Duckworth says he might re-enter radio. "I haven't pursued anything yet, but I must admit - I do miss the broadcast biz. We'll see how things shake out".....

12/13 - Amy Morris is leaving Hubbard's Federal News Radio, WFED, for CBS's new all-newser WNEW. WFED is the sister station of all-newser WTOP, which will be challenged in January by WNEW. The news was broken Tuesday afternoon by dorobekinsider.com. Morris anchored the WFED morning show with Tom Temin and also served as WFED's executive editor.....

12/13 - Metro Radio talker WTNT, 730 AM, fired up its new FM 102.9 signal on Tuesday afternoon. Via Chantilly-licensed low-power W275BO. For the past few months, the 102.9 facility had been airing Liberty University's religious "Victory FM" from WRVL in Lynchburg. DCRTV told you in early November that Metro was buying the station for $200,000 and using a tower off West Ox Road in Fairfax. While WTNT's Mount Vernon-based 730 signal is strong by day, it drops to a low-power level after sunset. WTNT runs "America's Morning News," Andy Parks' new Washington Times afternoon show, plus Laura Ingraham, Ray Lucia, and Michael Savage. The station can also be heard on 1250 AM in Warrenton and at 730wtnt.com.....

12/13 - Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Maureen Umeh generated a media storm after she suggested last weekend that a "dead" Tom Brady was only way the Washington Redskins could beat Brady's New England Patriots. Umeh followed with a "just kidding" remark. But that hasn't stopped an internet controversy about her comment. More at Yahoo Sports.....

12/13 - Well, there's no mystery about what CBS Radio is planning for 99.1 FM come 2012 - a new all-newser called WNEW-FM to compete directly with Hubbard all-newser WTOP. But there's still a mystery of what CBS's 1580 AM will become. Formerly WHFS-AM, it now features the WNEW-AM call. The longtime, little-listened to talker has been rumored to be getting a new talk line-up, as DCRTV has reported. And, as we told you yesterday, a new program director soon. Maybe sharing WNEW-FM's PD. Now, we're hearing some concerns from WTOPers that CBS may use 1580 to compete with WTOP's Federal News Radio, WFED, which is heard on 1500 AM and 820 AM. A news and talk format on 1580 aimed at the DC area's federal government workers wouldn't generate big ratings, but it could get significant ad revenue via ads from defense contractors and Capitol Hill lobbying firms. Like WFED does. The 1580 signal covers most of the Washington metro by day, but only a small area of DC and Prince George's County at night.....

12/12 - DCRTV hears that Jerry Hoyt will soon be out as program director at CBS talker 1580 AM, previously WHFS-AM and now WNEW-AM. Earlier this year, Hoyt was also yanked as program director of the alternative rock HFS HD2 digital subchannel on 94.7, WIAD, with the HFS outlet shifted from CBS's Washington radio cluster to CBS's Baltimore cluster, airing on low-power 97.5 in the Charm City. Still plenty of rumors of changes at 1580, and, perhaps, a new batch of syndicated talkers, including some left-leaning types, as DCRTV has hinted. Also, is CBS planning to market the resurrected WNEW-AM talker at 1580 with its new all-newser, WNEW-FM, 99.1? More as we hear it.....

12/12 - CBS flipped 99.1 to Christmas tunes on Monday, with Spanish language El Zol, and the WLZL call, now on 107.9. The WNEW call is now officially on 99.1, in preparation for the launch of an all-news format in January. No word on what the new WNEW will run after Christmas, before the start of its news format in mid-January. There have been rumblings that CBS may pipe in its all-newsers from other cities, but national newscast rights issues may not allow that. The seasonal holiday tunes format at 99.1 competes with Clear Channel's WASH, 97.1 in DC, and CBS's WLIF, 101.9 in Baltimore.....

12/11 - WTOP, 103.5's digital HD3 channel is no longer the Mormon Channel and is now carrying a progressive, "free form" music mix reminicent of the old WHFS, back when it was on 102.3 in the 1970s and 1980s. Gamut Radio is programmed by DC area radio vet Dave Kolesar and friends and "it'll be a great and fun eclectic music mix drawn from Dave's successful wgay.fm internet radio format," we hear.....

12/10 - Many DCRTVers have noticed that weekend anchor John Schriffen has been missing from the Channel 4/WRC newsroom for about a month. A source tells us that he had a dispute with the NBC's station's management.....

12/9 - DCRTV hears that CBS Radio has pulled the plug on El Zol on 99.1 and is now running the Spanish language outlet only on its new 107.9 frequency. The 107.9 El Zol relay started December 1, replacing four decades of Family Radio's religious WFSI. The 99.1 frequency is now running an audio loop in Spanish informing listeners of the station's new dial location. It also contains the new legal ID for "WLZL Bowie-Washington." Come January, 99.1 will debut CBS's new all-newser, WNEW.....

12/9 - HBO is planning a biopic on former DC Mayor Marion Barry with Eddie Murphy as star. DC journalists Harry Jaffe, of Washingtonian, and Tom Sherwood, of Channel 4/WRC, have been tapped as consultants. More at washingtonpost.com.....

12/8 - Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 announced today the promotion of Bill Lord to vice president and general manager with responsibilities over the two Arlington-based stations' day-to-day operations. The move elevates Lord from station manager to having control over the editorial, sales, marketing, technical, and operational structure at the flagship of DC's ABC affiliate, WJLA, and NC8. Fred Ryan will remain president of WJLA/NC8 and head of the Allbritton Television Group.....

12/8 - DC's major TV news stations - WRC/4, WTTG/5, WJLA/7, WUSA/9, plus NewsChannel 8 - interrupted their regular programming Thursday afternoon to provide wall-to-wall coverage of a round of shootings at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg VA. Leaving two dead - a police officer and the gunman.....

12/8 - "Big cheeses" from Cumulus are in town this week to view their new properties of news talker WMAL and hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3. The firm has cut about a dozen staffers since taking over the DC cluster from Citadel in September, including delivering the steel-toed boot to classic rock 105.9 The Edge. No word if more heads are on the chopping block on Jenifer Street. Update: More rumblings that there will be cuts at Jack Diamond's morning show on 107.3. More as we hear it.....

12/8 - With some snowflakes in the forecast late Wednesday, a DCRTVer told us: "WTOP is trending on Twitter nationwide for sending fake school closings." Over at WTOP's Twitter feed, an apology was posted: "Sorry: Tech glitch inaccurately said [Fairfax County] Public Schools on a delay Thursday AM. WTOP has received no official word." Fairfax County received no snow.....

12/7 - Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA says it will renew Anderson Cooper's new "Anderson" talk show, even though it has caused a severe slump in 7's ratings at 4 PM, compared with the discontinued "Oprah." Cooper's poor ratings have also hurt the ratings of 7's 5 PM newscast. DCRTV told you several months ago that WJLA might not renew "Anderson" and possibly launch a 4 PM newscast to battle Channel 4/WRC's top-rated news at that hour. Even though "Anderson" is being renewed, WJLA will probably move it to another time slot. There's talk that 7 will run Katie Couric's new "Katie" talk show in the 4 PM slot when it launches next fall.....

12/7 - Saturday's the last day CBS Radio will be broadcasting WJFK from studios on Main Street in Fairfax. As DCRTV reported, the sports talk station, 106.7 The Fan, is moving its studio facilities to CBS's DC area broadcast complex on Parliament Place in Lanham, which also houses the studios and offices for WPGC, 94.7 Fresh FM, El Zol, and, soon, new news talker WNEW. The 106.7 signal, which is technically licensed to Manassas, has been based in Fairfax for many of its incarnations, including easy listening WEZR in the 1960s and 1970s, contemporary hit and, later, eclectic WBMW in the 1980s, and the old "guy talk" WJFK (logo at right) with Howard Stern, Don Geronimo and Mike O'Meara, G. Gordon Liddy, and the Redskins in the 1990s and 2000s. WJFK flipped to sports talk in 2009.....

12/7 - Reggie Marston, a DC area real estate home inspector, has been doing "The House P.I." for Fairfax Public Access. Now, his radio show has been picked up by the IRN network, which feeds news and talk programming to 4,000 radio stations. It's the first show in FPA's history to go national, he says. Marston was HGTV's original "house detective." After that gig ended, he moved to FPA, where did a TV show - which became a radio show that is now "heard" on WEBR, which is carried on cable systems throughout Fairfax County. There's no IRN affiliate in the DC-Baltimore area, but the show is slated to start airing January 1 in the 7 PM slot. Marston will continue taping the show at FPA's facility in Merrifield. He has a website and podcast at housepi1.podbean.com.....

12/5 - DCRTV hears a rumor that Laurie Cantillo, the former program director at NYC news talker WABC-AM, might be the new program director at Hubbard's DC all-newser WTOP. She resigned in late October during a batch of Cumulus pink slips at WABC, where she'd been for two years. Prior to WABC, Cantillo was program director at the Oprah And Friends Radio Network, and spent six years as program director at news talker KFYI in Phoenix. Despite the arrival of a PD at WTOP, longtimer Jim Farley will retain his "vice president of programming" title. Update: We hear from a top WTOPer that they're still interviewing candidates for the post.....

12/5 - Baltimore Ravens Coach John Harbaugh yesterday awarded the game ball from Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns to longtime WBAL radio talk show host Ron Smith, who recently retired after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.....

12/4 - A source tells DCRTV that Autria Godfrey has been named permanent Sunday evening anchor for Channel 7/WJLA's 6:30 PM and 11 PM newscasts, joining Kendis Gibson. Both replace solo anchor Caroline Lyders, who departed the ABC affiliate over the summer. Godfrey is married to WJLA anchor and political reporter Scott Thuman.....

12/3 - The CBS Radio acquisition of Family Radio's 107.9 in Annapolis has created a "musical chairs" of call letter changes. DCRTV hears that 107.9, which is the new home of El Zol, is now WBGR. That call has been on Baltimore's religious 860, which is owned by Family. Does 860 now sport the WFSI call, which used to be on 107.9? Eventually 107.9 will become WLZL, but that call remains on 99.1, a signal that still carries EL Zol but which will become WNEW next month when it becomes an all-newser. The WNEW call just got put on CBS talker 1580, while the heritage WHFS call, which used to be on 99.1 back when it was a cool rocker, recently got yanked from 1580, which used to be WPGC-AM way back when, and got sent to a Florida station that CBS owns that used to be called WNEW. Of course, WNEW used to grace two legendary NYC radio stations.....

12/2 - We're hearing some rumors that CBS Radio might just be thinking about putting lefty "progressive" talk on 1580 AM, recently rechristened WNEW-AM. The last such formatted station in the DC area was the old WZAA, 1050 AM, which flipped to Mexican Spanish WBQH after Air America went belly-up. More soon.....

12/2 - Katherine Green, the former news director at Washington's Channel 5/WTTG and Baltimore's Channel 11/WBAL, has been named senior vice president at CNN's HLN network. She's been senior vice president of CNN International since leaving DC's Fox 5 in 2008.....

12/2 - Channel 11/WBAL reporter Jayne Miller says she fell and broke her foot chasing former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich at Baltimore's Mitchell Courthouse yesterday. "Darn those uneven sidewalks," Miller wrote on her Facebook page. "Our coverage won't miss a beat. I've got crutches and, most importantly, I-Team colleague Barry Simms who will be working the (robocall) story with me today".....

12/2 - DCRTV hears that Washingtonian's new editor-at-large, Carol Joynt, is working on a print piece that will attempt to determine the most influential sports radio show in the Washington market. And the finalists are WJFK's Sports Junkies and WTEM's Tony Kornheiser. Stay tuned.....

12/2 - Congrats to Channel 5/WTTG morning news reporter Holly Morris on the birth of a baby boy late Thursday.....

12/1 - DCRTV hears that CBS Radio has moved the WHFS call letters, which once graced the legendary rock station on 99.l, from talker 1580 to its station in Jupiter, Florida, that had sported the WNEW call. With the WNEW call moving to 1580 in preparation for its move to 99.1, which will become the home of its new DC area all-newser in January.....

12/1 - You can now hear Spanish El Zol on 107.9 FM out of Annapolis, in addition to its 99.1 FM dial position, replacing religious WFSI. As DCRTV has told you, CBS Radio plans to start a new all-newser, WNEW, on 99.1 come January, with WLZL relocated to 107.9. The new El Zol signal, which started December 1, probably won't be as easy to hear in parts of Northern Virginia due to adjacent channel interference from Warrenton's 107.7 FM, which relays all-newser WTOP. The programming from Family Radio's WFSI can be heard on Baltimore's WBMD, 750 AM.....

12/1 - DCRTV hears that on-air personality Dave Gunning is leaving Frederick's hot adult contemporary Key 103.1, WAFY. He announced on his Facebook page that he's exiting the radio biz to try to purse a different career. WAFY's owner, Nassau Broadcasting, recently filed for bankruptcy reorganization. More: Gunning's new gig will be with internet technology firm Apple.....

11/28 - Longtime WBAL radio host Ron Smith (right) announced his retirement Monday at 8:55 AM on 1090 AM's airwaves. He told morning show host Dave Durian that he no longer has the strength to do his show and is now receiving home hospice care. Smith, who hosted the 9 AM to noon show on the news talker, announced in mid-October that he'd been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.....

11/28 - Jefferson Ward joins Shamrock's Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, as general manager. He had been in charge of Clear Channel's Salisbury-Ocean City radio cluster. Before that, Ward was general sales manager at Philadelphia's rhythmic contemporary WRDW.....

11/28 - WETA's Robery Aubry Davis is playing the role of "Edna Turnblad" in Arlington's Signature Theatre production of "Hairspray".....

11/27 - Notable Quotable. "It's going to do a huge belly-flop." So said a DC radio veteran and current WTOPer about CBS's rival all-newser WNEW, which launches in January. WTOP's got the heritage, the audience's habit, the larger and better staff, and a far superior collective signal, we're told.....

11/24 - A DCRTVer tells us that Baltimore sports veteran Amber Theoharis did the Thursday evening sportscast on DC's Channel 4/WRC. We're told: "Odd that (NBC's WRC) would get someone from MASN, instead of from their (Comcast) new sister station Comcast SportsNet".....

11/24 - I was all wrong about WMAL's late morning host Chris Plante (left). A member of the DC area's majority liberal elite, I often got angry when I listened to Plante's rants, bordering on the tastelessness about our "Democrat" president - who Plante calls "Barry" or exagerates his middle name of "Hussein" - or how he'd go on about how the "Occupy" demonstrators all poop in the street and smell bad. I made the mistake of taking Plante too seriously. When I came to the realization that I'm listening to comedy, probably some of the most brilliantly perverse political humor around, I started to enjoy listening to Plante. You see, he's really a liberal playing a conservative who is making fun of liberals. And, ultimately, the joke's on the conservatives because he comes off as such a boorish buffoon. Kind of like liberal actor Carroll O'Connor playing a conservative making fun of liberals in "All In The Family." The only difference is that O'Connor called his character "Archie Bunker." Chris Plante "confuses" us by calling his character "Chris Plante." All the more brilliant - and subversive! So, on this Thanksgiving day, a day we give thanks for the stuff we, er, love, we name Chris Plante as the "Official 2011 DCRTV Turkey." Congrats.....

11/23 - DCRTV hears that Mali Bawa, who spent five years as a Fox News correspondent in Washington and Baghdad, heads back to WTOP. Now known as Mali Wilkes, she'll handle freelance writing and reporting for the Hubbard all-newser. She worked at WTOP before joining Fox News. Also, she spent the past seven months in Iraq producing a video documentary about US reconstruction efforts.....

11/21 - CBS Radio has placed the following ad at several radio trade publications: "We are proud to have launched an all-news station in the Nation's Capital. It's very rare to have the opportunity to be on the ground floor of one of CBS Radio's most prestigious formats - all-news - especially in an election year. CBS is in the business of news, and now you can be a part of history in Washington DC. We are seeking qualified candidates for the following positions: news/sports anchors, reporters, associate journalists, daypart managers, and assistant news director. Please visit our website for more information on the positions and to apply: cbsradio.com/careers".....

11/20 - The NY Radio Message Board is reporting that the new CBS 99.1 FM all-newser for Washington will get the WNEW call letters. That heritage moniker is currently being "warehoused" on a Jupiter, Florida station that CBS owns. For many years, the WNEW calls were used by Metromedia in NYC on TV channel 5 (now Fox's WNYW), nostalgic AMer 1130 (now Bloomberg's WBBR), and FM rocker 102.7 (right, now CBS's WWFS), where they remained until later owner CBS flipped the format in 2007.....

11/20 - Last week, DCRTV told you that Hubbard all-newser WTOP was snatching up web addresses that might be used by the new CBS all-newser being started on 99.1 FM come January. Like www.cbswashington.com and www.allnews99.com. Now we hear from a top WTOPer that it's all in good fun. Just a bit of "tweaking" and "hazing" for the "new guys." And, we're told that WTOP eventually plans to turn over the addresses to its future rival, lawyer requests or not. Steve Swenson, head of CBS's DC radio cluster, and Michelle Dolge, the announced news director for the new CBS radio newser, are both WTOP veterans and still have friends at their soon to be rival station. Stay tuned.....

11/18 - DCRTV hears that the Associated Press has withdrawn versions of its story about the Natalie Wood investigation, and how it might be allegedly reopened. The story quoted Christopher Walken telling sports talker ESPN 980, WTEM, about his recollections from the 1981 night that Wood fell off a boat and drowned, while Walken and another actor, Robert Wagner, were on the boat. The station now says that it was a comedy bit involving a WTEM employee who was impersonating Walken. A DCRTVer tells us that the Walken comment that AP picked up originated with a jestful bit on Tony Kornheiser's Friday show that was clearly intended to be an impression. The word is that it was voiced by Marc "Nigel" Sterne, a sidekick on Kornheiser's show. The Walken impersonation is a regular Friday football pick feature of the show, we hear. "And frankly, it didn't sound much like Walken. Bad impression and worse reporting by the AP," we're told by a listener who heard it. Update: We're told that Sterne's impersonation of Walken actually took place during WTEM's "The Sports Fix" show, which follows Kornheiser at noon. And once again, the Washington Post's Paul Farhi does a piece at washingtonpost.com without crediting DCRTV for breaking the story.....

11/18 - DCRTV told you a few days ago that the web address www.cbswashington.com now points to www.wtop.com, preventing its use by the new CBS Radio all-newser planned for 99.1 FM. Now, we hear that Hubbard's all-news WTOP is also buying other web addresses that could be used by the rival operation, including www.allnews99.com. "This is going to get really messy," a local radio guru tells us. More: We're told that since "CBS" is a corporate trademark, the company could file suit against WTOP to prevent its use in a web address. More soon.....

11/18 - DCRTV hears that Vienna-based Metro Radio's Spanish WKDV, 1460 AM, La Ley in Manassas, won't be moving forward with a plan to increase power from 5,000-watts to 10,000-watts. Metro Radio chief Bruce Houston tells us that the move would be "cost prohibitive" at this time. There are concerns that some in the Northern Virginia Hispanic community may lose access to CBS Radio's El Zol, WLZL, when it moves in December from 99.1 to Annapolis-based 107.9, which gets adjacent channel interference WTOP's Warrenton area relay on 107.7.....

11/18 - Howard University debuts its first Sirius XM satellite radio channel on December 1. Channel 141 will be HUR Voices, modeled on DC's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3 FM, and its WHUR World multicast channel. Howard's second Sirius XM channel is slated to launch in the spring of 2012. It'll be called HBCU with programming from America's Historically Black Colleges And Universities.....

11/18 - TRI's Tom Taylor talks to some radio broker guys who all agree that the $8.5 million price CBS paid for Family Radio's religious WFSI, 107.9 in Annapolis, is pretty darn cheap. Larry Patrick of Maryland-based Patrick Communications says: "I think this is a bargain price for a full (class) B that straddles the two markets. CBS has made a steal and the battle will soon begin in Washington. WTOP still has a coverage advantage. This price does not portend well for values of the Family Radio sticks in other markets." Doug Ferber of Dallas-based DEFcom says: "This brings up an old argument: 'Is this station Baltimore or DC?' The seller, Family Radio, likely argued that you get both markets and the price should reflect this. But CBS sees this... as a DC-only play to compete with WTOP... WFSI is not a cash-flowing station. It is also not a full-market signal. So it is worth something considerably less as a DC stick." CBS plans to move Spanish WLZL to 107.9 in December, to free-up 99.1 for a new all-newser in January.....

11/17 - Updated. Heard on WMAL's Thursday noon newscast: Jim Russ. Has the area traffic veteran found new employment after getting pink-slipped by Metro Traffic several weeks ago? Yes. DCRTV hears from Russ that he's signed to do fill-in news reports for DC's WMAL-FM/AM and traffic reports for Baltimore's WBAL-AM.....

11/17 - DCRTV hears that CBS Radio is paying $8.5 million for Annapolis's 107.9 FM from Family Radio, which has been running religious WFSI on the signal for about three decades. As DCRTV told you yesterday, CBS plans to move Spanish El Zol, WLZL, from 99.1 to 107.9 on December 1st, with a new all-news station debuting on the 99.1 frequency in January.....

11/17 - A few more developments from yesterday's big news that DCRTV broke at 4 PM about CBS starting an all-news outlet on 99.1 FM, with El Zol moving to 107.9 FM. CBS has filed with the FCC to change 99.1's city of license from Annapolis to Bowie, a bit closer to DC. Not long ago, CBS moved the 99.1 transmitter from Crofton, in western Anne Arundel County (technically a Baltimore suburb), to a spot in northeastern Prince George's County (a DC suburb). Also, it appears that 99.1's prime target, Hubbard all-newser WTOP, has gotten control of the cbswashington.com web address, which now points to wtop.com. There's also word that Danny Bortnick is the startup general sales manager for the new newsy 99.1. DCRTV told you earlier this week that he's come to CBS's DC radio cluster from NYC, where he handled local ad sales for CBS's WXRK and WWFS. He's rumored to be handling ad sales for WIAD and WJFK, too.....

11/16 - Danny Bortnick takes over the general sales manager reins at CBS Radio sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. He's been local sales manager at CBS's Fresh 102.7 and 92.3 Now in NYC.....

11/15 - Phil Boyce leaves Talk Radio Network, where he was president of programming. Among the network's many shows, TRN produces the DC-based "America's Morning News" program in an alliance with the Washington Times. It's heard locally on WTNT, 730 AM. Boyce joined TRN in 2008 after 14 years as the program director of NYC news talker WABC-AM. We hear that he will soon announce his next endeavor.....

11/15 - DCRTV hears that the Radio And TV Museum in Bowie is renaming itself the National Capital Radio And Television Museum as of January 1. The organization has hired its first paid employee and is looking for a larger facility. More soon.....

11/15 - Tom Taylor, via his TRI radio biz newsletter, tell us that Lanham-based urban radio giant Radio One's brass accelerates the vesting on nearly a million shares of stock. About two thirds of the Class D shares are going to the company's top five officers. CEO Alfred Liggins gets a full third of the shares - 333,333 out of the 981,665 restricted shares that will now vest almost seven months earlier than planned. Alfred's mother and the company's founder and Chair Cathy Hughes is in line for 100,000. CFO Peter Thompson and Chief Administrative Officer Linda Vilardo get 75,000 each. Radio Division President Barry Mayo gets 43,333 shares. The balance of 354,999 shares goes to other "key" employees defined under the 2009 Long Term Incentive Plan. Radio One discloses the accelerated vesting in an SEC filing, but doesn't explain why it's happening, according to Taylor. The original plan was to vest in equal one-third segments, on June 5 of 2010, 2011, and 2012. What just happened was that the compensation committee approved moving up the 2012 grant to this Saturday, November 19, Taylor adds. Locally, Radio One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS, WERQ, WWIN-FM/AM, WOL, WOLB, and WYCB.....

11/14 - DCRTV hears that Jonell White is out as general sales manager of CBS's hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD.....

11/13 - Management at Channel 9/WUSA continues to deny that budget cuts and an emphasis on female demographics are responsible for no replacement for top sports anchor Brett Haber, who resigned three months ago. WUSA President Allan Horlick tells Dan Steinberg at washingtonpost.com that his station, which typically places fourth among four stations in the DC TV news ratings, is trying to be "creative" with its sports coverage.....

11/11 - DCRTV hears that DC and Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee has just landed imaging duties for the University Of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks men's and women's basketball via sfmsports.net. Currently, Albie does afternoons on Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay.....

11/10 - CNN veteran Anderson Cooper's new "Anderson" talk show, which has sent Channel 7/WJLA's afternoon ratings plunging, including those of its 5 PM newscast, gets renewed for a second season by a batch of TV station owners across the country. No word on the show's 4 PM fate at WJLA, but ABC7 honcho Bill Lord is a big fan and has high hopes for its success locally.....

11/7 - TRI confirms the news that we reported last week that Metro Radio talker WTNT, 730 AM, will soon expand to FM, via Chantilly-licensed low-power W275BO on 102.9. It currently airs Liberty University's religious "Victory FM" from WRVL in Lynchburg. The purchase price is $200,000. Using a tower off West Ox Road in Fairfax, Metro plans to get the new WTNT relay on the air before the end of November. The 13-watt signal, which Metro plans to improve, covers much of central and western Fairfax County according to radio-locator.com.....

11/7 - WMAL morning co-host Mary Katharine Ham pens 48 original words in her latest "Hammer Time" commentary at dailycaller.com.....

11/4 - Julie Mason is leaving Politico for Sirius XM's POTUS political news and talk channel, where she'll host the noon to 3 PM "Press Pool" show, which has lacked an official host since Joe Mathieu left for Boston earlier this year. Mason has been covering the White House for Politico.....

11/3 - Another Washington Post correction for Mike Wise, who also does middays at WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. Thursday's Post claims that Wise's November 1 column about "Redskins' father-and-son duo of Mike and Kyle Shanahan incorrectly said that Kyle Shanahan had roomed with quarterback Rex Grossman when both were with the Houston Texans. The two were not roommates".....

11/2 - Newsblues tells us that Lisa Rodriguez (right), a former spokesmodel for Miller Lite beer, has been hired by Salisbury's Channel 16/WBOC to do weekend morning weather on its Fox 21 channel. She announces the gig in her blog at lisarod.com and misidentifies the station as being located in "Dover, Delaware".....

11/2 - The DC-based "America's Most Wanted," which recently got the ax from Fox, where it was a Saturday evening staple, lands on Lifetime. The womens' programming channel has ordered 20 one-hour episodes for the show's 25th season. More at washingtonpost.com.....

11/2 - DCRTV hears that Channel 5/ WTTG reporter Karen Gray Houston has been missing from the Fox station's newscasts of late. We hear that she's been sidelined by an Achilles tendon injury. She's had surgery and is now in a cast and on crutches. "But I will return," she vows on her Facebook page.....

11/2 - DCRTV hears that Mark Zinno is back in the Baltimore area after another military tour abroad. And we're told that he's headed back to sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, but probably will be heard in a new time slot. More as we hear it.....

11/2 - David Chalian, political editor for "PBS NewsHour," which is produced in Arlington at Channel 26/WETA, jumps to Yahoo News to be its Washington bureau chief. Before PBS, Chalian was a political editor for ABC News.....

11/1 - Your trusty webmaster (right) and your favorite local media news website get a write-up at washingtonian.com. "DCRTV: The Rumor Blogger Local Broadcasters Love To Hate (And Hate To Love)... Dave Hughes covers a controversial self-appointed beat - the behind-the-scenes happenings in local broadcasting." And Paul Farhi, David Burd, Tommy McFly, and Janice Ockershausen sound off.....

11/1 - Channel 9/WUSA plans to add Bounce TV as one of its digital subchannels. It's the second Gannett station to sign up for the new African American-targeted network. WUSA currently offers one subchannel, a radar weather channel that runs childrens' programming on Saturday mornings. No start date for Bounce TV's WUSA relay has been announced.....

11/1 - DCRTV tipped you that Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, is planning to start a new 9 PM to midnight talk show. Now, we hear that comedian Marc Unger will do some tryout work in the slot, starting November 8th. Unger and his brother are "The Fighting Ungers," which has been heard on sports talkers WNST and WVIE. Marc's also been a regular on 98 Rock, WIYY's morning show. He tells us that his WBAL show will deal with political and social issues, in addition to sports.....

10/31 - Last week, DCRTV told you about seven more cuts at Cumulus's DC radio complex - with more to come. Well, we hear that the "more" may involve some staffers on Jack Diamond's morning show on Mix 107.3, WRQX, including maybe even the big man himself, who is working according to a year-to-year contract. As told to us by a Jenifer Street source. We should know more within the upcoming week.....

10/31 - Clear Channel rocker DC101, WWDC, adds Westwood One's syndicated "Skratch 'N Sniff" mash-up show for Saturdays at 10 PM.....

10/31 - Dan Stone joins DC101 as creative services director. He comes from Clear Channel's sister WTKS in Orlando.....

10/30 - A local radio source tells DCRTV that CBS Radio's ad reps are telling clients of El Zol, WLZL, that there are plans to move the Spanish language outlet from 99.1 to 107.9, the Annapolis area signal that CBS is rumored to be acquiring from religious Family Stations. So, that must mean that CBS is planning something new for 99.1. Possibly a rumored all-newser or news talker? Or a new oldies outlet? Stay tuned.....

10/29 - That's Chris Roth doing the 10 AM to 1 PM shift on Frederick country outlet WFRE, 99.9 FM, today. And, when he's not doing that, the area radio veteran's doing overnight traffic for all-newser WTOP.....

10/27 - DCRTV hears that Craig Ghiotti has resigned as the vice president of finance for Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG and Channel 20/WDCA. It happened last Friday and "it was very quick and quiet," a source tells us.....

10/27 - A Honda Civic hit the Fairfax building that houses the studios of CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, on Thursday morning. No injuries were reported. The driver, a man of about 60, was able to walk away. "OMG a car just crashed into our building," Junkie Eric Bickel Tweeted. He also posted a picture of the incident (right). The accident occurred at 7:39 AM in rainy weather and damaged an office normally occupied by call screeners for the station. WJFK is planning to move from the 10800 Main Street building in Fairfax to CBS's Washington radio complex in Lanham later this fall....

10/27 - DCRTV is hearing rumblings that CBS Radio is the "tentative winner" in the Family Radio auction for religious WFSI, 107.9 FM, in Annapolis, and religious WKDN, 106.9 FM, in Camden NJ. There's no word on what the purchase price could be for the two signals. And no word on whether CBS Baltimore or CBS Washington would take control of the 107.9 signal once it has been acquired. There have been rumblings that CBS Washington, based in Lanham, might use 107.9 for a new DC area news talker. CBS Baltimore, based in Towson, could use the signal for the recent resurrection of alternative rocker WHFS, currently heard on low-powered 97.5 FM.....

10/26 - Inside Charm City tells us that the Baltimore Sun Media Group is cutting 10 newsroom positions at community newspapers it owns. The cuts, to be made by the end of the year, are coming from the Sun's Patuxent and Homestead groups. The newspapers affected include the Aegis, Towson Times, and Howard County Times. Photographers and web positions are said to be exempt from the cuts.....

10/26 - More WMAL news. Heather Smith gets promoted to be executive producer of the "Morning Majority" program. She's been doing behind-the-scenes duties at WMAL's various morning shows since August 2010. Before that, she worked with Laura Ingraham, Lars Larson, and G. Gordon Liddy.....

10/25 - DCRTV hears that Channel 7/WJLA may expand local news into the 4 PM hour as soon as January to battle the severe ratings loss it's suffering from Anderson Cooper's new "Anderson" talk show. There are reports that 7's 4 PM ratings are down 68% from a year ago, when it carried "Oprah" in the slot. Also, we hear that WJLA will probably put Katie Couric's new "Katie" show in the 3 PM slot when it debuts next fall, replacing "General Hospital," which is scheduled to be discontinued. However, Bill Lord, WJLA's station manager, tells DCRTV: "Today's speculation on Anderson Cooper is off the mark. Anderson is the number one new syndicated talk show of the season. It has a great team of people and it's improving every day. WJLA is committed to the program now and into the future. Hey, nobody ever suggested replacing Oprah was going to be easy!" And he adds: "No consideration of a 4 PM newscast right now. We considered that last spring and opted for Anderson." DCRTV wonders: We'll see if Lord changes his mind after a few more months of severely sluggish ratings for "Anderson." Stay tuned.....

10/25 - Anderson Cooper, whose "Anderson" talk show replaced "Oprah" at 4 PM, has been a disaster for Channel 7/WJLA. The Allbritton-owned ABC affiliate's rating at that hour are down 68%, compared to the same period last year, according to the October ratings. So, WJLA might replace Cooper with Katie Couric's new show, "Katie," when it launches next fall, reports Lisa de Moraes at washingtonpost.com. NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC is enjoying a 160% ratings hike among women age 25-54 at 4 PM with news programming. WRC now leads the DC TV ratings race at 4 among all viewers as well, and the increase has solidified the station's number one news status at 5 PM and at 6 PM.....

10/25 - DCRTV is hearing rumblings of cuts coming to Metro Networks in Silver Spring. And at parent Clear Channel stations nationwide. We should know more tomorrow, Wednesday. On the way out, for sure, at Metro is John Frawley, VP of broadcasting, and Mollie Simpkins, a regional director of operations. No word on the fate of Jim Russ, head honcho at Metro's Silver Spring facility. Metro provides traffic and news reports for many DC and Baltimore area radio and TV stations. A Metro source tells DCRTV that they should be categoried as "changes" rather than "cuts." As for the Clear Channel cuts locally, no names yet. But the firm owns about a dozen radio stations in the immediate DC-Baltimore area. More soon.....

10/24 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, is planning to start a local talk show to fill the 9 PM to midnight slot, where it currently airs a replay of Ron Smith's late morning show - now that the Orioles' season is over. The Hearst station is looking not only for "a new night star" but also wants to "build a bench of fill-in hosts," we're told by Dave Hill, the 98 Rock, WIYY program director who now also programs BAL......

10/21 - Channel 2/WMAR remembers Colleen Dark, who spent many years working at Baltimore area radio stations. She passed away three months ago suffering from breast cancer. And, she was, for 33 years, the wife of DC and Baltimore radio legend Johnny Dark, who currently does middays on Westminster's WTTR, 1470 AM. Check out the WMAR video report at abc2news.com.....

10/21 - The Washington Post has more on the disappearance of DJ Rane, aka Ranelle Sykes, three months ago from CBS's rhythmic contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM. After she had filed a gender-discrimination suit claiming that her on-air partner of a decade, DJ Flexx, aka Keith Clagon, was earning "significantly more" than her despite having less education. Last week, she filed a second suit in Prince George's County Circuit Court claiming that WPGC "terminated" her after she filed another internal complaint in July - and that the dismissal constituted illegal retaliation. A CBS spokesperson tells the Post that Sykes's departure "was handled in the same manner as any other employee who elects to leave the company and whose resignation was accepted by the company effective immediately." Meanwhile, Sykes is in Kenya awaiting the birth of her second child.....

10/21 - Unconfirmed. DCRTV is hearing a rumbling that Jorge Andrés, Channel 25/WZDC Telemundo sports anchor and former Redskins play-by-play man for Dan Snyder's now defunct Spanish sports talker WXTR, will become a national sports anchor at ESPN. Andrés will host "SportsCenter," ESPN News, and other shows for their English language properties, as well as being an NFL analyst, along with duties at Spanish language ESPN Deportes, we're told. There's also a rumor that he might be involved with ESPN's World Cup coverage in both languages. More as we hear it.....

10/20 - DCRTV hears that Kendis Gibson, a Los Angeles-based reporter for CBS Newspath, is joining Channel 7/WJLA, where he will anchor weekend newscasts and do weekday reporting. Over the years, Gibson has worked for WTXF-TV in Philadelphia, WNBC-TV in NYC, KSWB-TV in San Diego, plus CNN.....

10/19 - You'd think that the Washington Post, which has been here in the Washington area for many decades, would know which local jurisdictions are cities or counties. In Wednesday's edition, the Post runs a correction in which it apologizes for calling the District Of Columbia a "county" in the October 15 Real Estate section. Just a few months ago, the Post issued a like apology for doing the same thing in the Real Estate section with Alexandria, which is an independent city in the commonwealth of Virginia, not a "county".....

10/18 - Lisa de Moraes, at washingtonpost.com, reported on October 17th that Tisha Thompson has joined the new investigative unit at the news operation of Channel 4/WRC. She comes from Channel 5/WTTG, where she spent four years as the lead reporter for its "I" unit. Joining WRC reunites Thompson with her former producer, Rick Yarborough, who moved from 5 to 4 last month to be senior investigative platform manager. What TV columnist Lisa, who rarely reports on local DC TV news these days, failed to mention is that DCRTV first reported the news on September 30th.....

10/17 - Lindsay Czarniak and Craig Melvin were married in Washington on Saturday. Both are former Channel 4/WRCers. She was a sports anchor and reporter and he a news anchor and reporter. They tied the knot at the Church Of The Holy City with a reception at the Hay-Adams. Czarniak now works for ESPN in Bristol CT and Melvin at MSNBC in NYC. The two became engaged in April.....

10/17 - American Community Newspapers, the parent company to Leesburg Today, Ashburn Today, Loudoun Magazine, and Loudoun Business, has put those publications, along with all of its Virginia-based newspapers, up for sale as a group. ACN had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009 and sold to American Community Newspapers II later that year for $32 million. Speculation is that ACN II now hopes to unload its properties by the end of the year to clear its books and appear more profitable, the Washington Business Journal reports.....

10/14 - "One year of pure hell, one year of total misery." That's how DC radio veteran Mike O'Meara (right) described his gig co-hosting mornings on classic rocker 105.9 The Edge, which was blown up in mid-September for a relay of news talker WMAL. O'Meara talked to WTOP and Channel 7/WJLA reporter Mark Segraves on the "NewsPlus" show on Channel 50/WDCW. Segraves tells DCRTV that he's beginning a series on DC area radio and will have WPGC morning man Big Tigger on next weekend's show. Before joining 105.9 The Edge in 2010, O'Meara spent two decades doing the "Don And Mike Show" on WJFK and WAVA.....

10/13 - Anqoinette Crosby, a former Maryland Public Television "MotorWeek" reporter, is out as host of the Washington Post's "Post Now Video Cast." The video series ended in April and Crosby's contract with the newspaper recently expired.....

10/13 - The Capitol Communicator sources DCRTV regarding rumors that CBS Radio might start a news or talk station to compete with Hubbard's highly successful all-newser WTOP. And it quotes WTOP Vice President News/Programming Jim Farley (right) as saying: "We welcome any and all competition." Farley adds that he currently views his radio rating leader as being in competition with "anyone who does news," including the Washington Post and area TV stations.....

10/12 - Daniel de Vise at washingtonpost.com looks at the sad state of college radio in the DC area, which sports just one broadcast student-run station, the University Of Maryland's low-power WMUC, 88.1 FM. Most area colleges have either converted their student-run stations to professional operations (a la WAMU and WHUR), sold them, or taken them internet-only.....

10/11 - DCRTV hears that Jamie McIntyre, who has been working as a freelancer at DC-based NPR, is upgrading to fulltime status. He'll be heard doing newscasts on the bottom-of-the-hour on weekdays during afternoon's "All Things Considered," starting next week. During his 35-year career, McIntyre spent 13 years with all-news WTOP and, later, 16 years with CNN, including serving as senior Pentagon correspondent, in which he covered wars in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Recently, he's been blogging on national security issues and teaching at the University Of Maryland as an adjunct professor for the Phillip Merrill College Of Journalism.....

10/10 - DCRTV hears that DC and Baltimore radio veteran Shari Elliker got married on October 7 in Key West to her longtime friend, Treavor Erney. She recently lost her gig as a news anchor and reporter at Baltimore's WBAL radio.....

10/10 - DCRTV hears that DC radio veteran Paul Bicknell has resigned from his on-air gig at KHZ radio, an eclectic oldies outlet heard on a batch area AMers, including WYRE, 810, in Annapolis and WAMD, 970, in Aberdeen. Bicknell tells DCRTV that he needs to spend time with his Read Street Sound And Video company. "My company was suffering from lack of attention. I had to make a decision. It was best for Read Street, not so good for KHZ-TV, but, I have a family, staff, and clients to worry about." Bicknell's radio career included stints as "Davy Jones" at "top 40" WPGC in the 1960s, plus later gigs at oldies outlets like WBIG and WXTR, XTRA 104.....

10/7 - DCRTV hears that former Channel 9/WUSA sports anchor Brett Haber (left) is joining Washingtonian magazine to be an editor-at-large. He will write for both the print and online publications, in addition to his new play-by-play and hosting duties at the Tennis Channel. Haber announced on WUSA's 11 PM Thursday newscast that it was his last for the Gannett station. In early August, he announced that he'd be leaving DC's CBS affiliate. WUSA has yet to name a replacement for Haber. Yesterday, DCRTV told you that DC media veteran Carol Joynt was also named as an editor-at-large at Washingtonian.....

10/7 - DCRTV has been reporting rumors that CBS Radio might buy religious WFSI, 107.9 FM, in Annapolis. And we've been reporting rumors that CBS might start a news or talk radio station in Washington. Now, Tom Taylor joins the rumor mongering in his Friday TRI radio biz newsletter: "In Washington DC, is CBS fielding research about a new all-news station? There's strong street buzz that CBS will get WFSI, Annapolis. (Are even the CBS salespeople talking about it?) And what would CBS do with the full Class B signal? From what TRI hears - all-news. Yes, against Hubbard's top-rated WTOP (103.5 plus simulcast signals). And yes, against the station that CBS once owned (1932-1954) and which has carried the CBS News top-of-the-hour newscasts for years. That affiliation runs through 2013. TRI hears that somebody's running an online survey about all-news radio, asking questions about WTOP and highly-rated pubcaster news/talk WAMU (88.5). There's even a question about whether the respondent has lived in markets such as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, or San Francisco - all markets where CBS runs successful all-newsers. If you say you've lived there, they ask how you liked the all-news stations (NYC's 1010 WINS, etc.). CBS has tried to buy WTOP in the past - and now, watching it blossom into the #1-billing station in America, the chance to acquire a new FM signal would let it compete for some of the dollars in revenue-rich (and recession-resistant) DC. One more thing - CBS' Washington-market manager is New York all-news veteran Steve Swenson. Will it happen? So far it's speculation. But it's looking more and more plausible".....

10/6 - A DCRTVer tells us that CBS Radio in Baltimore is now relaying the Christian programming from the Hope Church of Marlton NJ on the digital HD3 signal of WJZ-FM, sports talker 105.7 The Fan. It's probably part of a deal to lease from the church the 106.1 and 97.5 low-power signals, the latter being used for the resurrection of alt rocker WHFS. A local radio guru tells DCRTV: "With the feed on WJZ HD3, (the church) can now legally feed other translators that they may still own around the area. Probably a good business move for both parties".....

10/6 - Melinda Henneberger, former editor-in-chief of AOL's Politics Daily, joins the Washington Post, where she will write 2012 campaign pieces.....

10/5 - DCRTV hears that Washington radio veteran Oscar Santana in now delving into reality TV with Tanner Cooley (right), brother of Redskin Chris Cooley. "The Regulars" is described as "an engaging exploration of America's most colorful bars, clubs, taverns, dives, watering holes, and saloons." Check out the pilot at theregulars.tv. Santana, formerly heard on WHFS and WJFK, is still heard on the "Mike O'Meara Show" and "Big O And Dukes" podcasts. We hear that the new TV show is being considered for pick up by several national cable TV networks.....

10/4 - Tony Kornheiser again rants against ESPN 980, WTEM's policy to delay the availability of his show's podcasts by 24 hours. Like it does with all of its shows.....

10/4 - Despite a surge at the beginning of the season, the Nationals attracted the smallest average regional sports network audience in MLB. SportsBusiness Journal reports that Nats games on MASN and MASN 2 in 2011 averaged a 1.22 share in the Washington market this season, down 4.7% from 2010.....

10/4 - We're getting a steady stream of rumblings that CBS Radio in DC might be seriously thinking about starting an all-newser or a news talker. Steve Swenson, who recently took over as head of the five-station cluster, comes from NYC, where he oversaw two all-newsers, WCBS-AM and WINS. Before that, he worked at DC all-newser WTOP, which now sports incredibly high ratings and ad revenue. So, where would CBS put its new newsy station? Probably not in place of the high-billing urban 95.5 or via the dictated-from-on-high sports talker 106.7. But how about 94.7, with its less-than-impressive-ratings Fresh chick rock format? CBS is also rumored to be interested in Family Stations' religious 107.9 in Annapolis, which is reportedly up for sale and covers both the Washington and Baltimore markets. "With Steve Swenson, it's possible," a top WTOPer tells DCRTV. Stay tuned.....

10/4 - Condolences to Bret Oliverio, who is a producer for WJFK's morning "Sports Junkies," after his brother Derek died in a fire in North Carolina. The Junkies shared their memories of Derek, 27, on their Tuesday show.....

10/3 - The Washington Post issued a correction Monday for putting US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's picture above a Sunday obituary for Peter Terpeluk, Republican National Committee finance chairman. The original image of Terpeluk standing next to Scalia was "inadvertantly cropped" to show the wrong man, according to the Post.....

10/2 - A DCRTVer tells us that Glenn Beck will no longer be heard on Salem talker WWRC, 1260 AM. Could that mean a new DC station for Beck? Possibly news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, with new owner Cumulus? We hear that Mike Gallagher will move from noon to fill Beck's 9 AM slot on WWRC, with Dennis Prager getting shifted from 10 PM to noon. Both Gallagher and Prager are syndicated by Salem.....

10/1 - Katy Daley, of WAMU's Bluegrass Country, has again been named the "Bluegrass Broadcaster Of The Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association on Thursday in Nashville. Daley began her broadcasting career at WAMU, 88.5 FM, in 1972 as a volunteer with Gary Henderson's Saturday morning bluegrass show and quickly moved to the role of producer. She has hosted "The Katy Daley Show" on Bluegrass Country since 2006. This was Daley's fourth nomination for the award, which she won in 2009.....

9/30 - DCRTV hears that Rick Yarborough and Tisha Thompson are leaving Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG's Special Projects/Investigative Unit, to start an investigative unit at NBC's Channel 4/WRC. A source at Fox 5's 5151 Wisconsin Avenue HQ tells us: "Channel 5 is imploding within. A station that once set the bar of excellence, now is barely staying a float. Unhappy people, layoffs, no direction. Now their special projects unit, once staffed with over 15 people is down to zero. The rest of the news department is frustrated with four reporters leaving over the last two years and no one replaced." By the way, Thompson's mother, Lea, is a longtime WRC and, later, NBC consumer affairs reporter.....

9/30 - Washington Post sports columnist Tracee Hamilton wants some "familiar, reassuring voices" in the Nationals' TV booth and argues that the team should re-sign Bob Carpenter. "In August, MASN decided not to pick up Carpenter's option for the 2012 season. But this has happened before; it's still very possible that the network and Carpenter will negotiate a deal," she writes.....

9/30 - Joe Ardinger, a sidekick on WJFK's old "Don And Mike Show," is heading to Sacramento to join Don Geronimo's morning show on sports talker KHTK. "The World's Oldest Phone Screener" on WJFK will now be a board operator at KHTK. After Geronimo left the WJFK show in 2008, co-host Mike O'Meara continued hosting it until the then "guy talk" station flipped to sports talk in mid-2009.....

9/29 - DCRTV hears that DJ Pat Grooves, who used to be heard on Hot 99.5, WIHT, returns to the DC radio dial via WPGC, 95.5. His "In The Mix" will air every Friday at midnight. Starting tomorrow.....

9/28 - DCRTV hears that Ezio Torres, the general manager of Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 FM, has resigned about two weeks after the Shamrock station's business manager was let go. "Morale in the toilet at the Bay," we're told. However, other station staffers deny the low morale allegation.....

9/27 - Peter Labovitz, the president of Alexandria-based Connection Newspapers, which publishes community newspapers throughout Northern Virginia and Maryland, was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail and a $647,510 fine on two counts of failing to pay the IRS nearly $1 million in taxes. For the third and fourth quarters of 2007, Labovitz caused payroll taxes to be deducted and collected from employees' wages but admitted at his plea hearing that he failed to pay those taxes to the IRS.....

9/27 - Baltimore public radio news talker WYPR, 88.1 FM, has launched All Classical WYPR on its digital HD Radio 3 channel. You can listen at wypr.org. Baltimore already has a classical music outlet with WBJC, 91.5 FM, and also gets covered by DC classical outlet WETA-FM, 90.9. WYPR's HD2 channel remains a feed of the BBC World Service.....

9/27 - DCRTV hears from an inside source that morale at the Baltimore Sun is slumping after news, which DCRTV broke first last week, that the Tribune-owned newspaper will be erecting a paywall around its baltimoresun.com website. "Morale in the newsroom is at a low point. No one can understand why we'd make print subscribers pay for the online stuff. It's just suicide, an experiment being carried out by the Tribune on just one of its properties." The website access plan, which takes effect October 10, will cost $2.49 a week or $49.99 for 26 weeks, after an introductory discount. Print subscribers will receive a reduced rate of 75 cents a week or $29.99 a year. While Sun has since run several articles about the paywall plan, "On Monday, management shut down the comments section on the Sun paywall story. They are insisting we call it a 'digital subscription.' And any comments by staff bloggers and Tweeters must be cleared by Editor Trif Alatzas," says the source. "Freedom of speech for Sun readers and writers? Not so fast." More: We hear from another source at the paper who says that there's been "no directive about Tweeting or blogging, though certainly if someone Tweets something stupid or blogs erroneously... then they're going to get corrected." Also, the Sun is not the only Tribune paper erecting a paywall - the Allentown Morning Call is doing it, too, we're told. "I think most of us actually are nervously hopeful that this will work out. We've cut a ton of people and content in recent years through buyouts and layoffs and we want to see that stop".....

9/26 - It sounds like the WMAL call letters have officially returned to the DC area FM band. Last week, when Cumulus put the 630 AM news talker also on 105.9, the FMer still sported the WVRX call it had as a classic rocker. But, as of Sunday, the station's official top-of-the-hour legal ID indicates that 105.9 is now "WMAL-FM Woodbridge-Washington." It's been almost four decades since there was a WMAL-FM, which existed on 107.3 until it flipped to WRQX under an album rock format in the early 1970s.....

9/24 - Former Washington Post technology columnist Rob Pegoraro jumps to Arlington's Consumer Electronics Association to freelance blog for its subscription-based Tech Enthusiast website. More at ce.org.....

9/23 - DCRTV hears that CBS Radio and Joe Covais have come to a legal agreement regarding his use of the "Talk Superstation" name for his online radio station at TalkSuperstation.com. Several months ago, Covais told DCRTV that CBS, which owns WJFK, which had been known as "Washington's Superstation" when it featured the Redskins, Howard Stern, and Don and Mike from the late-1990s through mid-2000s, had raised an objection to the name Covais had chosen for his endeavor. A September 13 legal document states that "the parties agree to cooperate with each other to minimize any such confusion that may potentially arise" and have determined that there is "no potential likehood for confusion or conflict" between the two names.....

9/23 - DCRTV hears that David Carberry is leaving Lanham-based Radio One to become the local sales manager of Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR. Carberry had been with Radio One as the digital sales manager for both its Baltimore and Washington radio clusters for the past two years. Prior to getting back into media sales, he was running the search marketing division at Advertising.com and AOL. He departs Radio One advertising cheif Alan Leinwand, whom he previously worked with at CBS's WJFK in the Howard Stern and Don and Mike era.....

9/23 - DCRTV hears that Cumulus, the new owner of the DC radio cluster containing WMAL 630 AM and WRQX 107.3 FM, and the now defunct WVRX 105.9 FM, has handed out pink slips to two more employees: production director, occasional jock, and traffic reporter Fernando "Spanky" Carlos, and advertising traffic director and former jock Dave Linn.....

9/22 - Clear Channel names Mark Medina as program director for contemporary hit WIHT, Hot 99.5. He comes from Clear Channel's Phoenix radio cluster, where he programmed contemporary hit KZZP. He also spent time at Phoenix country outlet KNIX. He starts October 17.....

9/22 - Cesar Aldama is the new news director of Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet-Mid Atlantic. He comes from the news director gig at CBS-owned WFOR-TV in Miami, where he spent 18 months. Before that, he spent seven years as assistant news director at CBS-owned KYW-TV and WPSG-TV in Philadelphia.....

9/21 -Yesterday, Baltimore's Channel 13/WJZ accidently re-ran the 7 PM "CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley" again at 11 PM, in place of the first seven minutes of its local late newscast. "How does that happen at a network-owned station?" wonders David Zurawik at baltimoresun.com. A "critical error" in the station's main production switcher, explains a WJZ spokesperson.....

9/21 - Lew Dickey, head of Cumulus, comes to town today to meet with the staff of his three, er, two new Washington radio stations. Last week, his firm completed its successful merger with Citadel, which owned news talker WMAL, 630 AM, hot adult contemporary WRQX, 107.3 FM, and classic rocker WVRX, 105.9 FM. Since then, Cumulus has blown up WVRX, The Edge, and is now relaying WMAL's signal on 105.9 in addition to 630. Even though the most of the WVRX air staff has been let go, more cuts are forecast at Cumulus's DC radio cluster on Jenifer Street. "Word is that no one else will be let go until the end of the month. Then there will be a line at the unemployment office," a source tells DCRTV. More soon.....

9/21 - DCRTV tipped you earlier. And now we get confirmation that Peter Parker will be taking the night slot at CBS Radio's rhythmic contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM. Parker, who has worked at stations in Minneapolis and Boston, replaces DJ Flexx, who moved to afternoons in May. Parker starts September 26.....

9/21 - She's baaaaack! Washington Post TV columnist Lisa de Moraes didn't pen any columns between August 7 and September 19. But her first print column in more than a month appeared in the September 21 edition. While the Post made an August 19 announcement on its website that Lisa would missing for "four weeks," no word was given as to why. Possibly health issues.....

9/20 - Come October 3, Baltimore's Channel 11/WBAL will add an hour of local news at 7 AM via its 11.2 subchannel, WBAL Plus, while NBC's "Today" airs on its main channel.....

9/19 - Midday personality Suzanne Ansilio is the only member of classic rock 105.9 The Edge's airstaff to stay with station owner Cumulus. She'll be doing mornings at Cumulus's syndicated active rock format stream, The Nerve. With the flip of 105.9 to a relay of news talker WMAL at noon today, the remainder of The Edge's airstaff is out of work. However, Kirk McEwen, Mike O'Meara, and Cerphe Colwell all have new or existing internet shows or podcasts so you'll still be able to hear them.....

9/18 - Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton looks at his paper's morning print delivery service. And notes that, with the declining number of subscribers, carriers are being given larger distribution areas to allow them to make the same income. At washingtonpost.com.....

9/17 - DCRTV hears that DC TV legend Mac McGarry has come down with a "major sinus infection" prohibiting him from hosting the first few shows of the 51st season of local high school quiz show "It's Academic." WTOP afternoon news anchor Hillary Howard will fill-in for McGarry, 85, for the first four episodes of the season, we're told. Taping for the first show of the season took place at 10 AM on Saturday. McGarry has been hosting the Channel 4/WRC show since 1961.....

9/17 - Nassau Broadcasting Partners, a closely held company that runs radio stations in the northeast US, faces an involuntary petition for its bankruptcy from creditors owed more than $83.8 million including Goldman Sachs and Fortress Credit. Goldman said it's owed more than $69.8 million, Fortress made a claim for more than $11.2 million, according to the Chapter 7 petition filed in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington DE. The company, based in Princeton NJ, runs or owns radio stations in New Jersey, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Including hot adult contemporary WAFY, Key 103.1, in Frederick and classic rock WWEG, 106.9 FM, in Hagerstown.....

9/18 - Late Sunday, both morning man Mike O'Meara and afternoon man Cerphe Colwell have confirmed on their Facebook pages that their old station, classic rocker 105.9 The Edge, WVRX, is officially a terminal case. As DCRTV has been exclusively reporting since Friday, it now appears certain that 105.9 will become an FM relay for Cumulus (formerly Citadel) news talker WMAL, 630 AM, by midday Monday. Expect some stunting on 105.9 early in the day, though. More soon.....

9/17 - Reliable sources are telling DCRTV that classic rock 105.9 The Edge will indeed be flipped to a relay of news talk WMAL, 630 AM, on Monday morning. Probably during the "Morning Majority" show. And that the entire air staff of 105.9, WVRX, will be let go, including Mike O'Meara, Kirk McEwen, Suzie Ansilio, and Cerphe Colwell. We're also told that the move was orchestrated by Drew Hayes, the Chicago-based operations manager of WMAL, who went over the Cumulus (formerly Citadel) station's DC management team, including Jeff Boden and Kenny King, who were unaware of the formal decision to give WMAL an FM relay until Friday. DCRTV has been reporting rumors since late June of WMAL possibly being relayed on 105.9. The move will put WMAL in a better position to compete with other DC area news and talk stations, including WTOP and WAMU, both of which are FM-only operations and both of which are always among the top five in the DC area radio ratings. WMAL ranked 15th in the latest ratings round-up. More as we hear it.....

9/17 - Two media-related corrections appear in Saturday's Washington Post. One apologizes for getting a September 16 correction wrong about getting the age of National Association Of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith wrong in a February 13 business article. The Post claimed that Smith was 55 at the time, when he was 58. He's now 59. The other corrects a Mike Wise piece from September 9 which claimed that former Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson lived in Arlington when the terror attacks occurred on September 11, 2001. He actually lived in Alexanderia at the time. Wise has a show on WJFK; Thompson has a show on WTEM.....

9/16 - DC-Baltimore radio veteran Kirk McEwen, who does the morning show at 105.9 The Edge, partners with his brother, Mark McEwen, to launch a web TV series,"McEwen Brothers TV." At kickstarter.com. Mark, the former weatherman for CBS's morning show, is a stroke survivor.....

9/16 - If you go to the bottom of news talker WMAL's website this morning, you'll find this: "Copyright 2011 CUMULUS MEDIA." So, the big Cumulus-Citadel radio merger is now official. And, so far, no changes at Citadel, er Cumulus's three-station DC radio cluster - 105.9 is still classic rocker The Edge. And there's no word, yet, of more syndicated hosts on hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3.....

9/16 - After a year on "the beach," Tony Bennett, aka DJ Tony B, is back at Fredericksburg's rhythmic contemporary WVBX, 99.3 The Vibe. He's holding down the morning show and music director gigs.....

9/16 - Another big honor for DC all-newser WTOP. On Thursday, it received the 2011 Marconi "Legendary Station" Award at the RAB/NAB Radio Show in Chicago. "This truly has been the year of the all-news station, hasn't it? They're the top revenue billers in some of the largest markets, and they're increasingly capturing a nearby FM signal, emulating what Bonneville did with WTOP 5-1/2 years ago," writes Tom Taylor in his TRI radio biz newsletter. "Now WTOP is America's top-billing radio station, which is quite a feat for a station that's not in the top three markets".....

9/15 - DCRTV hears that longtime WTOP afternoon traffic reporter Bob Marbourg has been selected to be inducted into the Broadcaster's Hall Of Fame in Akron, Ohio. Marbourg began reporting traffic for WTOP in 1979. "Bob is one of the ones who cares and on several occasions, most notably last winter, when he stayed on the air from 1 PM to 4 AM, during DC's 'Snomaggedon,' he does whatever is necessary to help listeners," said Jim Battagliese, WTOP's director of traffic and transit operations, in a station memo. "He views his job as a public service and takes it seriously".....

9/15 - DCRTV hears from a variety of local TV insiders that Brett Haber's (left) departure from Channel 9/WUSA as top sports anchor was not entirely voluntarily. While the early August announcement was spun as his decision to be closer to family and to do more work with the Tennis Channel, some of our Broadcast House sources tell us that station owner Gannett was not planning to renew his contract. Also, it appears that WUSA is "rethinking (its) sports coverage" by not having a top sports anchor, as more female demos make up its news audience. And "cost cutting" is a prime directive at the McLean-based media giant, including Haber's rumored six-figure salary. WUSA has not posted a "help wanted" ad looking for Haber's replacement. More: WUSA News Director Fred D'Ambrosi tells DCRTV that "Brett's departure is voluntary and was initiated by him. As he explained in the Washington Post when he announced his departure on August 1st, Brett finds the nightside schedule of a local sportscaster tough on his family, and he intends to move into doing more live sports." D'Ambrosi adds: "Brett was under contract to WUSA through 2013, and we would have been happy to have him stay. He is a great writer, sportscaster, and journalist, and we are proud to have him on our staff. The claim that we were not planning on renewing his contract is also completely false." As for sports budget cuts at 9, D'Ambrosi says that the station recently added another fulltime producer to the department. "We will continue to improve our sports coverage, and are looking at a variety of options, including adding additional personnel," he says.....

9/13 - Universal Sports, which is carried locally via one of Channel 4/WRC's digital broadcast subchannels, is moving to exclusive cable and satellite carriage by next year.....

9/13 - Centennial in Winchester could be splitting up the Bone. WXBN, 104.9 FM in Strasburg (south of Winchester) and WXNB, 105.5 FM in Berryville (east of Winchester), have been rocking as the Bone since December 2009. Apparently, the station is running promos which only mention the 105.5 frequency. Generating rumblings that the 104.9 signal will flip to country as WZFC with a z1049country.com web address. If it happens, WZFC would go head-to-head with Clear Channel's top-rated Winchester country outlet, WUSQ, 102.5 FM.....

9/13 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore also jumps a spot in the new 2012 radio market rankings issued by Arbitron - from 22nd to 21st. Yesterday, we told you that Washington was upped from 9th to 8th because Atlanta was being dropped from 7th to 9th.....

9/12 - A DCRTVer tells us that CBS Radio's urban contemporary WPGC has dropped the Crank rap, hip-hop format from its digital HD2 95.5 FM channel for a dance, contemporary format as Area 95.5.....

9/12 - Washington gets moved from 9th to 8th largest radio market, as radio ratings firm Arbitron issues its 2012 market rankings. Atlanta falls from 7th to 9th, moving both Washington and Philadelphia up a notch. As DCRTV already told you, Washington recently jumped from 9th to 8th among the television markets surveyed by Nielsen, which also downgraded Atlanta due to 2010 census data.....

9/12 - Kara Rowland says adios to the Washington Times to begin a one-year graduate program at the London School Of Economics. She's been at the Times six years, including a gig as a media columnist for the paper. She moved on to business and political beats at the paper.....

9/12 - Baltimore's Christian contemporary WRBS-FM, 95.1 Shine FM, picks up the Christian Music Broadcaster's major market "Station Of The Year" Echo Award. WRBS Vice President/General Manager Steve Lawhon and Program Director David Paul accepted on behalf of the Peter And John Ministries station Saturday at the CMB's Momentum convention at Disney World.....

9/10 - Kathy Compton Wassil posts on Facebook that she's gone from her business manager post at Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, The Bay, 100.7 FM. Looks like a budget cut at the Shamrock station, as Wassil writes on Facebook that "it wasn't my decision at all".....

9/7 - WAMU, 88.5 FM, launches a redesigned wamu.org. Including "a variety of enhancements intended to improve the user experience for the more than 150,000 unique visitors who use the site each month." Visitors to the American University public radio news talker's site will find "a simplified layout that allows for quick access to popular news stories, programming from the station and other content providers, as well as weather, traffic and transit updates from across the web... The integration of social media tools, enabled comments on all news stories, and Flash and HTML5 audio players represent upgrades that are standards across the web," says a WAMU release. "The new website represents advancement in quality of content and service the station provides to listeners. The open source platform also offers greater flexibility in site management and design".....

9/7 - DCRTV hears that Mike Fast is leaving his chief engineering post at Baltimore's WCBM, 680 AM, and sister WVIE, 1370 AM.....

9/5 - DCRTV hears that DC TV and radio legend Mac McGarry (right) will return for his 51st year as host of "It's Academic." Taping for the new season starts September 17. McGarry, 85, has been hosting the high school quiz show, which is produced by Channel 4/WRC, since it started airing in 1961. He joined the NBC-owned station in the late 1940s, where he covered the Truman inauguration. Since then, he has hosted numerous talk shows, including "In Our Town," the first weekly TV program to be broadcast in color. During the 1970s and 1980s, McGarry was the announcer for NBC News updates that originated from Washington, and also did live booth announcing work for WRC-TV.....

9/2 - "If you know anyone who would like to own their own radio station here in our backyard, please let us know," asks Metro Radio chief Bruce Houston. "We have decided to sell WKDL, 1250 AM" in Warrenton. "We don't need this station because WTNT, 730 AM, covers Warrenton," he says. Soon after buying the 730 signal from Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra, Vienna-based Metro flipped the Spanish sports talker and, later, oldies station to right-leaning talk with the WTNT calls. In January, Metro starting using Warrenton's 1250 as a relay for WTNT, which features a Mount Vernon transmitter. Over the years, 1250 has sported other calls, including WPRZ, and has featured a variety of formats, including gospel, classic country, and Spanish. Houston is asking $300,000 for the Warrenton signal, which is 5,000-watts daytime, and 32-watts after sunset.....

8/31 - Channel 4/WRC news anchor Wendy Rieger chatted up her past experiences with hurricane news coverage on Tony Kornheiser's ESPN 980 show today. Rieger, who anchored much of 4's Hurricane Irene coverage from the DC studio over the weekend, said her last on-scene hurricane assignment was in 1998 for Hurricane Bonnie in North Carolina. She said that her WRC news managers were complaining that Channel 9/WUSA had better "wind" coverage and she was ordered to produce more intense reports. So, her cameraman got her near the water and, via a "compressed shot," made it look like the waves were crashing almost directly over her. That, she said, finally satisfied WRC.....

8/30 - WJFK middayer Mike Wise today on his one-year anniversary of getting temporarily suspended from his primary employer, the Washington Post, for posting jestfully fake Tweets on Twitter. His "biggest professional screw-up," he admitted on Tuesday's show. "It's made me watch myself a little more in social media circles," added Wise. And, what's he learned? "People who don't know me... are free to make assumptions about who I was." And, has any good come out of it? "You do find out who your real friends are," Wise concluded via sports talker 106.7 The Fan. And, he said he's now less likely to "pile on" sports personalities after having people "pile on" him.....

8/30 - Russ Thaler from Comcast SportsNet to Versus? That's a rumbling we're hearing. Apparently not going to Channel 9/WUSA to replace Brett Haber.....

8/29 - Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, suffered a five hour period of being off the air midday Monday. The cause: Storm related power problems at the Hearst station's transmitter, just west of Baltimore. The station's programming was still available online via wbal.com and via its iPhone app. Other area radio stations suffering power problems today include Towson sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, and Annapolis oldies outlet WYRE, 810 AM.....

8/29 - Kevin Miskimins has reportly left Centennial's radio cluster in Winchester, where he was general manager. Where there have been four GMs in the past four years. The cluster includes rocker WXBN/WXNB, talker WINC-AM, and hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, which has seen several format tweaks and a recent ratings dip throughout Northern Virginia.....

8/26 - Comcast SportsNet moves "Washington Post Live" to the 10:30 PM slot, come September 6. Currently, a rerun of the 5 PM "WPL" airs at 10:30. No more 5 PM airing of the Ivan Carter-hosted sports news and commentary show. It'll now feature a repeat at 12:30 AM. Daily Baltimore Ravens programming moves into the 5 PM half hour, with encores at midnight. "Redskins Nation" will remain at 5:30 PM and 11:30 PM.....

8/26 - The Boston Globe is reporting that Jen Royle, a reporter and Orioles/Ravens pregame host for Baltimore's 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, is a "serious candidate" for one of the vacancies at the New England Sports Network. A Boston native, Royle has also covered the Yankees for the YES Network and the Orioles for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. "Bringing her back to her hometown would be a savvy move for NESN," writes the Globe's Chad Finn. There are also several Boston sports talk radio stations interested in Royle, we're told. Also, DCRTV hears from a source that Royle has dropped her $800,000 defamation lawsuit against Nestor Aparicio, owner of and host at Towson sports talker WNST, 1570 AM.....

8/25 - Laura Vozzella heads from the Baltimore Sun to the Washington Post, where she'll cover Virginia politics from Richmond. Her goodbye column is at baltimoresun.com. She's been covering Baltimore and Maryland politics for 11 years.....

8/25 - DCRTV told you in the past that Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet, which covers the entire Mid-Atlantic region with one signal, might someday offer seperate Washington market and Baltimore market feeds. Well, that day is coming in September when the pro football season kicks off. CSN viewers in the Montgomery and Prince George's suburbs of DC will get a 90-minute Redskins postgame show. While viewers in neighboring Howard and Anne Arundel counties, part of the Baltimore market, will instead get a 90-minute Ravens postgame show.....

8/24 - DCRTV hears that 30-year Baltimore Sun veteran Rob Kasper has accepted a buyout from the Tribune-owned newspaper. He's also been a food critic and lifestyle writer......

8/24 - DCRTV hears that Rona Mensah, who used to do the morning show at Frederick's Key 103, hot adult contemporary WAFY, is now being heard on adult contemporary WLTF, Lite 97.5, in Martinsburg. More soon.....

8/24 - Former NFL players Brad Jackson and Antonio Freeman will serve as analysts for Comcast SportsNet's new Baltimore Ravens pregame and postgame shows, "Ravens Kickoff" and "Ravens Postgame Live," which will be hosted by veteran anchor Chris Miller and feature reporting from Brent Harris. Jackson spent four seasons as an NFL linebacker, including three for the Ravens, and helped Baltimore win Super Bowl XXXV. Freeman, a native of Baltimore who played at Virginia Tech, spent nine seasons in the NFL as a receiver from1995 to 2003, mostly with Green Bay. He helped the Packers to a championship in Super Bowl XXXI.....

8/24 - Channel 13/WJZ says it was the top choice for Baltimore TV viewers looking for news about yesterday's quake. The CBS station claims that it bested news rival Channel 11/WBAL by a 2-to-1 ratio during the 2 PM to 4 PM Tuesday time frame after the 1:51 PM quake hit. WJZ also says it was in first place during the 4 PM hour and the 5 PM hour, and tied with WBAL at 6 PM. With a slight lead over WBAL at 11 PM, too, according to 13's stats.....

8/24 - Katy Daley, of WAMU's Bluegrass Country, has been nominated for the "Bluegrass Broadcaster Of The Year Award" by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Daley began her broadcasting career at WAMU, 88.5 FM, in 1972 as a volunteer with Gary Henderson's Saturday morning bluegrass show and quickly moved to the role of producer. She has hosted "The Katy Daley Show" on Bluegrass Country since 2006. This is Daley's third nomination for the award, which she won in 2009. The award will be presented on September 29 in Nashville. Bluegrass Country can be heard on 88.5's digital HD2, via low-power 105.5 FM.....

8/25 - DCRTV hears that Shari Elliker and Baltimore's WBAL radio could be parting company. Elliker, who once had her own show on WBAL, most recently has been a reporter for the Hearst news talker's afternoon news block. More soon.....

8/22 - A DCRTVer tells us that CBS is hyping a change in the 1 PM to 3 PM show at Baltimore sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. Promos are running for the new "Bob And Rob Show" with Bob Haynie and Rob Long - starting today. Long has been hosting the evening "Football Fix." More as we hear it.....

8/22 - DCRTV hears from a reliable local radio source that both Clear Channel and CBS have offered to buy 107.9 FM from Family Radio, which runs religious WFSI on the Annapolis signal. With both Clear Channel and CBS intent on using 107.9 as part of their Baltimore clusters. There have been reports that Merlin, the Randy Michaels new radio group that recently started FM all-newsers in NYC and Chicago, might be interested in 107.9, but our source tells us that the local offers have the upper hand. Family has put 107.9 and an FMer in the Philadelphia market up for sale to help pay off a pile of debt it owes. More as we hear it.....

8/22 - Andy Parks, who had been heard for many years co-hosting news talker WMAL's morning show, returns with a news and current events program today on talker WTNT, 730 AM, heard from 3 PM to 6 PM. "The Andy Parks Show" will be broadcast from the newsroom of the Washington Times and feature Times columnists Jeff Kuhner and Jennifer Harper. Parks left WMAL in the spring of 2010 after a morning show shake-up. WTNT can also be heard on Metro's WKDL, 1250 AM, in Warrenton and via a live stream at 730wtnt.com. Parks had worked at WMAL for 25 years, having started as a traffic reporter. Parks' former WMAL producer, Ann Wog, will serve as executive producer of his new WTNT show.....

8/22 - Metro Radio righty talker WTNT, 730 AM, will be moving into new studios and offices on September 1. They'll be located next door to the National Rifle Association in western Fairfax. "WTNT will have penthouse studios on the 4th floor of the building overlooking I-66," Metro Radio head Bruce Houston tells DCRTV.....

8/21 - A DCRTVer tells us that former Channel 5/WTTG sports reporter Lou Holder has been seen freelancing at Channel 4/WRC. "He has been doing a few sports reports at Redskins Training Camp and is also doing Capital Games on NBC Washington Nonstop," we're told.....

8/21 - DCRTV hears that several of CBS Radio's DC area stations, including 94.7 WIAD, 95.5 WPGC, and 1580 WHFS, went silent for about 45 minutes at about 3:30 PM Sunday. Actually, all three signals remained on the air but went silent as the central collective studio facility in Lanham most likely lost power due to a series of big thunderstorms that moved through DC's eastern suburbs.....

8/18 - Changes at Baltimore sports talker WNST, 1570 AM. Rex Snider gone. Glenn Clark to afternoons. Luke Jones now morning show producer. More at WNST owner Nestor Aparicio's blog at wnst.net.....

8/18 - DCRTV hears that Brett Haber, who recently announced that he is leaving the top sports anchor gig at Channel 9/WUSA, has been named to the Tennis Channel's US Open broadcast team. The grand slam starts August 29th in New York. "This furthers the belief that Haber left WUSA for a regular position with Tennis Channel," a source tells DCRTV. "He has done a bunch of stuff already with them this year, including the French Open, the big tournament in Indian Wells, California, and the Legg Mason here in DC - among others." Still no word if Haber's new Tennis Channel gig is fulltime or parttime. No replacement has been announced for Haber, who will be staying at Gannett's WUSA through late August.....

8/17 - DC radio veteran Mike O'Meara's podcast took a one week hiatus from daily programming last week but still produced a three-show "Best Of" series highlighting some of the cast members' - O'Meara, Buzz Burbank, Robb Spewak, and Oscar Santana - favorite moments of nearly two years of programming. This week, Apple's iTunes store features the series on the front page of its podcast section. The series can also be found at mikeomearashow.com. Formerly half of WJFK's "Don And Mike Show," O'Meara now co-hosts mornings on classic rocker 105.9 The Edge.....

8/16 - Howard University's WHUR, 96.3 FM, is the winner of the fifth annual HD Radio Multicast Award from the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters. The adult urban contemporary station is being honored for its World stream, which airs on 96.3's digital HD2 and via whurworld.com. The station will received its statue on September 15th in Chicago at the NAB's annual radio show.....

8/13 - DCRTV hears about some changes in the production department of CBS Radio DC in Lanham. We're told that Bob Holmcrans returns to WPGC. He'd been at PGC from 1987 through much of the 1990s. Also, Adrian Dannhauser gets named production director of WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM. He'd been doing promo work for the entire cluster, including WIAD and WPGC.....

8/10 - Last month, sports critic John Feinstein announced on his blog that he was leaving WTEM, ESPN 980, in favor of 106.7 The Fan, WJFK. This week, ESPN 980 announces that Feinstein's weekly replacement will be CNBC sports columnist Darren Rovell.....

8/10 - DCRTV hears that Joe Krushinsky is out at Maryland Public Television. Where he was a vice president who oversaw "institutional advancement." He was often seen on-air doing the Owings Mills-based state public TV network's fundraising pitches. More as we hear it. Back in May, Larry Unger succeeded Robert Shuman as MPT president and chief executive officer.....

8/3 - Last Friday, Bryan "Flounder" Schlossberg's exited from Clear Channel alt rocker WWDC, DC101, after a decade with the "Elliot In The Morning" show. Now, Flounder has teamed with former DC101 employee Kyle Benham to launch a "Hire Flounder" campaign. Benham launched Bootcamp Lights earlier this year, reaching U2 fans at M&T Bank Stadium with a custom-built R22 helicopter outfitted with a 36-foot digital billboard. Authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly digital advertising, the Bootcamp Lights helicopter, operated by co-founder Robert Schapiro, displayed the message "Hire Flounder - DJFlounder.com" this morning above rush hour traffic on I-270 and I-370. The video for the "Hire Me" campaign is at YouTube.....

8/3 - DCRTV hears from "DJ," who runs web radio station TalkSuperstation.com. He's been attempting to register the trademark for the phrase "Talk Superstation." But, after the US Patent And Trademark Office reviewed it, they refused to approve it due to possible "confusion" with an existing trademark also using the word "Superstation." From years ago when CBS Radio's WJFK called itself "Washington's Superstation," back when it had the Redskins, Don and Mike, and Howard Stern. It's now a sports talker, branding itself as "106.7 The Fan." "DJ" tells us that he needs to contact somebody at CBS to ask them to kill the "Washington's Superstation" trademark, since it's clearly not currently in use. Good luck dealing with those CBS legal eagles.....

8/3 - Tom Taylor, in his Wednesday TRI radio biz newsletter, tells us that Family Radio got bids two weeks ago for both its Annapolis-licensed WFSI, 107.9, which covers both the DC and Baltimore metros, and Philly-market WKDN, 106.9. The bidding pool for at least one of those markets includes CBS and may well include Merlin, which is starting news-talkers in Chicago and NYC. Merlin's Randy Michaels and others may sense that this is a rare opportunity to gain a Class B commercial-band FM in Philly and DC-Baltimore. TRI has told you that Family Radio isn't facing the rumored deadline on a loan, but has reportedly been running operating deficits for a while. Selling a station is a quick way for the board to raise cash, Taylor writes.....

8/2 - The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network did not exercise a 2012 option for Nationals play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter by yesterday's deadline. The decision means that MASN would need to negotiate a new contract for him in the offseason if its intend to keep him. More in the Nationals Journal blog at washingtonpost.com.....

8/2 - It looks like Radio Shack is getting out of the business of selling HD Radio receivers, the latest symptom of poor customer demand for the digitally broadcast free radio service. HD Radio is the product of Columbia MD's iBiquity. More from the LA Daily News.....

8/2 - Christal Blue gets moved from middays to afternoon drive at Fredericksburg rhythmic contemporary WVBX, 99.3 The Vibe. She replaces Derry London, who left the station several weeks ago. DJ 2 Much returns to the station for part-time work. He's been working at WHTI in Richmond.....

8/2 - Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Alison Starling is engaged to be married to Peter Alexander, an NYC-based correspondent for NBC News. The journalists met years ago working in Seattle but didn't start dating until they both migrated to the East Coast. He proposed to her Saturday night in Paris.....

7/31 - Condolences to Baltimore and DC radio legend Johnny Dark, whose wife, Colleen, passed away late Saturday after a long battle with breast cancer. Colleen had been a longtime employee for CBS Radio in Baltimore even after Johnny's departure from oldies outlet WQSR in 2005. Johnny has worked at many radio stations in the DC-Baltimore area during the past five decades, including "top 40" outlets WCAO and WEAM, and oldies WBIG.....

7/29 - Longtime "Elliot In The Morning" show sidekick Bryan "Flounder" Schlossberg is out at Clear Channel alt rocker DC101, WWDC. The sketchy details are at the EITM Fans blog.....

7/28 - DCRTV hears that Hubbard all-newser WTOP has renewed its contract with CBS News for another two years.....

7/28 - DCRTV hears that WBAL radio's Scott Wykoff has been named "best radio reporter" in the August issue of Baltimore magazine.....

7/28 - Baltimore's Mo'Nique has her nightly BET talk show canceled. The Atlanta Journal Constitution says "this didn't appear to be an issue of ratings." In 2008, Radio One inked a deal for the actress and comic to get her own radio show, which premiered on several Radio One stations in July 2008, including DC's WMMJ, Majic 102.3. That show lasted until March 2009, when Mo'Nique decided leave to further her career in television, film, and comedy. She won a best supporting Oscar for the movie "Precious".....

7/27 - Don Black leaves the morning gig at Fredericksburg rhythmic contemporary outlet WVBX, 99.3 FM, to be program director at urban contemporary WQHH in Lansing MI.....

7/27 - WMAL's "Morning Majority" this morning waded into the debt debate with a live broadcast from Capitol Hill. Senators Jim de Mint and Mike Lee were among the show's guests. In picture at right, "Morning Majority" hosts Brian Wilson (left), Mary Katharine Ham (center), and Bryan Nehman (right).....

7/26 - A few DCRTV sources are questioning whether the Washington Post's Reliable Source gossip gals took a little too much background information without credit from DC media veteran Carol Joynt's Monday piece in the New York Social Diary about Georgetown mansion Evermay getting purchased by biotech entrepreneurs for their Tuesday Post piece.....

7/25 - Bruce Sundlun, the CEO of Outlet Communications in the 1980s and the governor of Rhode Island in the early 1990s, died Thursday. He was 91. Outlet owned WTOP radio in the 1980s. Sundlun was demonized by many in the DC rock music community in 1983 when his firm bought the 102.3 FM signal in Bethesda, which temporarily silenced progressive rocker WHFS.....

7/24 - A source tells DCRTV that Ranelle "DJ Rane" Sykes is leaving WPGC, 95.5 FM. DJ Flexx will continue on without her in the afternoon shift on the urban contemporary outlet. Earlier this month, as DCRTV reported, Sykes filed suit against PGC owner CBS Radio alleging sex discrimination and a violation of the Maryland Equal Pay Act. Sykes, who holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism, said she's paid less than Flexx, her male "Home Team" co-host, who holds a high school diploma. The lawsuit requests more than $200,000 in back pay and damages from Lanham-based CBS's DC operations.....

7/24 - Candus "Candy" Thompson's beat as the Baltimore Sun's outdoors writer, a spot she's held for almost 12 out of her 23 total years at the paper, is being eliminated. Her last column is August 14. She's the last full-time outdoors newspaper writer in Maryland. The beat has been held by legendary writers, including Rachel Carson in the 1930s and fly-fishing guru Lefty Kreh. Readers have started a Facebook page: "Save The Outdoor Sun," which has attracted more than 350 friends in about a week.....

7/24 - Dave Kolesar, who has been running his WGAY internet radio station at wgay.fm from his home in College Park since 2006, and as a "Part 15" hobby station before that, has launched an "eclectic music format" with a playlist of 4,300 songs, ranging from nostalgia to dance. "I'm trying to prove that you can have a playlist that, if it flows correctly, can be both broad and deep, and still attract listeners," Kolesar tells DCRTV. He's also airing vintage airchecks of Georgetown University's WGTB radio from the 1970s at 11 AM on weekdays.....

7/22 - Despite his inclusion in various news reports of WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's personalities who have had their contracts renewed, an inside source tells DCRTV that afternoon co-host Chad Dukes still has not penned a deal with the CBS sports talker. Apparently, CBS wants Dukes to give up some of his side projects, including non-CBS-related podcasts, such as the one involving his former WJFK partner Oscar Santana. "CBS got wind of (Dukes') trashing of CBS doing his side ventures and wanted to make sure that no longer happened and Dukes is heated about it. This means he no longer gets to use the CBS studios to do these podcasts which had been the case as well," we're told. "It remains to be seen what Chad does today or if he works without a contract." More: A top WJFKer tells DCRTV that Dukes has "agreed to terms of a new deal" but hasn't yet "signed, only because it takes time to write up a contract".....

7/22 - There are rumblings that a bidder for religious-based Family Radio's major FMers in Annapolis and Philadelphia could be Merlin, the new radio firm created by Clear Channel/Tribune veteran Randy Michaels, which recently bought major FMers in NYC and Chicago with plans to flip them to news-talkers. Tom Taylor, in his Friday TRI radio biz newsletter, wonders if Merlin is among those bidding for the up-for-sale Family properties of 107.9 WFSI in Annapolis, which reaches Baltimore and Washington, and 106.9 WKDN in Camden NJ, which covers Philadelphia. Merlin "apparently has the coin to do it, and the timing of Family Radio putting these little-noticed full Class B's up for sale would be good for Merlin Media," Taylor writes.....

7/20 - DCRTV hears that Tim Farley has been officially named program director for the DC-based POTUS political news and talk channel at Sirius-XM, suceeding Joe Mathieu.....

7/20 - America's channel 6 "radio stations" could be out of business by fall 2015. According to Tom Taylor in his Wednesday TRI newsletter, a new FCC ruling would put an end to analog low-power TV operations. LPTVers were allowed to continue analog operations after the FCC's June 2009 digital TV deadline. And some of those channel 6 operations, like the DC area's Spanish WDCN, use the channel's 87.7 audio carrier as a "radio station" just below the low end of the FM band, which is tuneable on most radio receivers.....

7/19 - WBIG, 100.3 FM morning man Tommy Griffiths will play a "guest security guard" on Thursday's episode of the Jerry Springer show. The episode is called: "You Pulled Out My Hair." We're told that Griffiths breaks up real fights, and at the end of the show "there are bras and hair extensions all over the stage floor." Springer airs at 8 AM on Channel 50/WDCW and 2 PM on Channel 54/WNUV.....

7/19 - DCRTV hears that CBS Radio is planning to make some changes to its HFS alternative rock outlet, currently heard on the digital HD2 signal of DC's WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM, and via whfs.com. The company will be moving the station to Baltimore and airing it on a low-power FM translator (maybe that new 97.5 signal out of northwest Baltimore) and via an HD subchannel of one of its existing Baltimore stations (maybe Mix 106.5, WWMX) and continue to air it on 94.7's HD2 in DC and via the web. The alt rock stream will be programmed out of CBS's Baltimore complex in Towson and no longer from CBS's DC complex in Lanham.....

7/19 - Yesterday, Tom Taylor in his TRI radio business newsletter reported that religious broadcaster Family Radio might sell its Philadelphia area FMer to CBS, so CBS can move AM sports talker WIP to FM. Today, Taylor tells us that Family Radio has a $50 million loan coming due and may be selling more of its East Coast FMers, including WFSI, 107.9 in Annapolis, which serves the DC-Baltimore area. With bids due on WFSI and WKDN in the Philly suburb of Camden in two weeks, Taylor says that WFSI could fetch $20 million. So, DCRTV wonders, who would bid for WFSI, which better covers the Baltimore metro than the DC metro, which is also served by adjacent channel 107.7, WTOP's Northern Virginia relay. Maybe Hearst, as an FM relay for AM news talker WBAL? Maybe Radio One, to get an FM gospel format into the Baltimore metro? Maybe Hubbard, to give WTOP a relay covering a good chunk of the Eastern Shore and up the I-95 corridor? Hmmm.....

7/18 - One of DCRTV's top DC media gurus tells us very confidentially that the real reason that Steve Swenson, with his news background at NYC's WINS and WCBS-AM, was transferred from NYC to DC was to explore the possibilities for a CBS Radio acquisition of all-newser WTOP. To add to its stable of successful all-newsers in places like NYC, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Our source claims that Hubbard, which recently bought Bonneville's radio clusters east of the Rockies, plans to hold on to WTOP for a few years, but does eventually plan to unload the DC cluster - which is dominated by WTOP. We're told that while WTOP is the top radio ad revenue biller in the country, it's also a mighty expensive station to run with its fully-staffed "Glass Enclosed Nerve Center" news department. So, when you hear about the deal where Hubbard sells WTOP to CBS in late 2012 or in 2013, just remember where you first read about it. Here on DCRTV. Stay tuned.....

7/15 - A DCRTV source tells us that CBS Radio has re-signed the Sports Junkies even though their contracts weren't up for renewal until September. Ditto with the other major personalities on WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, we're told. Including Mike Wise, and Lavar Arrington. CBS wanted everyone's contracts coinciding from this point on, we hear. But the renewals don't include Bill Rohland, whose last JFK day is today. Danny Rhouier will take over the "Overtime" evening slot, we're told. CBS will relocate WJFK from its longtime Fairfax digs to Lanham, where the company's other stations are studioed, by September. Update: Arrington's sidekick Chad Dukes claims via Twitter that he's not included in the re-signings.....

7/15 - Will John Thompson stay or will he go? DCRTV hears that the legendary Georgetown basketball coach's lucrative contract with ESPN 980, WTEM has expired - or will soon. And there are rumblings that he may end his afternoon show at the Red Zebra sports talker. Update: Despite what numerous sources are saying, a top WTEMer says that Thompson's contract does not expire "for some time." Stay tuned.....

7/14 - This morning, it sure sounded like righty talker WTNT (730 AM) had pulled the locally-based former Washington Times "America's Morning News" program and replaced it with Chicago-based Mancow's morning show. But we now hear that it was a mistake. "The storm last night screwed up the equipment and the feed we receive from TRN sent us Mancow instead of 'America's Morning News,'" says Bruce Houston, who owns WTNT's parent company, Vienna's Metro Radio. However, Houston does say that WTNT will be unveiling a new later-in-the-day show in August, but will continue to carry "AMN" in mornings. Also, we're hearing about some tweaking to the new oldies format just launched on Metro's WKCW (1420 AM) in Warrenton.....

7/14 - A correction in Thursday's Washington Post: "A June 30 Local Living article about the renovation of local news anchor Wendy Rieger's waterfront house near Annapolis misidentified the relationship of WRC (Channel 4) to NBC. WRC is an NBC-owned station, not an affiliate".....

7/13 - A DCRTV source tells us: "I'm curious if you happen to know what took place on the air on WTOP on Monday around noon... As they were cutting to the weather, a woman's voice broke in - much louder than the other announcers - and said, 'Back to you Michelle.' Things seemed to go back to normal for a second, then the voice broke in again and said, 'See you dike tarts on vagina beach.' The station went silent for a few seconds, then went to commercial. When they came back, the male anchor apologized for 'something that should never have gotten on the air.' I've heard odd things get on the air on rock stations, but I don't think I've ever heard anything like this on WTOP. I wonder what happened." All-news WTOP top programmer Jim Farley tells DCRTV: "It happened. Traffic reporter did live traffic followed by live weather. Traffic reporter opened an e-mail that had audio of a skit from 'SCTV' and it was wired through his board by mistake. Anchors hit the 'dump' button but not in time. We've done some things here to make sure it never happens again. Richard Day apologized on-air as soon as it ran".....

7/12 - A DCRTVer tells us that Rob Long, a casualty when Baltimore sports talker WVIE, 1370 AM, flipped to news talk earlier this month, has been heard on sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, fill-in hosting on the 6 PM baseball show. Is Long, who had hosted mornings on 1370, a permanent hire at CBS's 105.7? More as we hear it.....

7/12 - Mike James at NewsBlues reminds us that Sinclair veteran Joe DeFeo, who was named by Allbritton yesterday as news director for NewsChannel 8, "was at the sharp end of the stick in October 2004, when, two weeks before the presidential election, he ordered all Sinclair stations to preempt prime-time programming to air 'Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal' a documentary critical of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's anti-Vietnam War activism. When Sinclair's DC Bureau Chief Jon Lieberman protested, DeFeo fired him and had him escorted from the building. DeFeo also came up with the idea of feeding a centralized newscast - News Central - to (Baltimore-based) Sinclair's 62 stations across the country (including Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF). The concept had merit until Mark Hyman, a high-ranking executive at Sinclair, began inserting conservative editorial segments called 'The Point,' and made them required viewing for group stations with news departments. On March 31, 2006, News Central folded. Most stations running the News Central format eventually canceled local news coverage, although some stations later contracted to outsource their newscasts. In November 2008, the Sinclair Broadcast Group closed DeFeo's cherished Washington news bureau and shuttered its entire corporate news division." At NewsChannel 8, DeFeo replaces Steve Chaggaris, who disappeared about two months ago. Adds James: "DeFeo inherits an Arlington-based news operation that was stripped to the bone in February, when TBD.com was folded after just six months. Allbritton, of course, also owns Politico, which either has not yet caught wind of DeFeo's political history at Sinclair, or has been told to lay off the new guy".....

7/11 - Nikki Landry, who used to do afternoons at CBS's hot adult contemporary WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM, heads to New Orleans to join like-formatted KVDU radio.....

7/11 - DCRTV hears that Channel 4/WRC won its fourth straight championship in the Metropolitan Media Softball League Sunday at Bethesda's Cabin John Park. WRC beat USA Today, the league's regular season champ, 5-3 to become the first team in the league's 21-year history to win four straight titles.....

7/11 - Former First Lady Betty Ford died on July 8. And her long-form, historical obituary in the Washington Post was written by Donnie Radcliffe, who died in February 2010. Radcliffe's obit is at washingtonpost.com.....

7/9 - DCRTV hears that late WTOP reporter Gary Froseth has been memorialized in a mural painted by the Taller Xuchialt artists at one of their schools in Leon, Nicaragua, where Froseth died in early 2010. View the mural at flickr.com. Froseth's portrait is featured in the top row of pictures.....

7/8 - DC radio veteran Don Geronimo, who was half of the "Don And Mike" afternoon team on WJFK, 106.7 FM, until spring 2008, will do mornings on Sacramento sports talker KHTK, starting Monday. For the past year, he's been doing middays on the CBS station in California's capital. Geronimo was recently made program director at KHTK.....

7/8 - Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen, and Sam Huff will again call the Redskins' radio broadcasts this season. Via ESPN 980, WTEM.....

7/7 - Lately, the Washington Post has run the wrong day's weather page forecast at least three times, the wrong TV grid listings, the wrong local movie listings last Friday, and now the wrong lottery numbers. A correction in Thursday's edition acknowledges "incorrect numbers for the previous day's Mega Millions multi-state lottery drawing" in the July 6 paper. Hope you didn't throw out your tickets.....

7/7 - WPGC personality Ranelle "DJ Rane" Sykes is suing her employer, CBS Radio, for discrimination. The lawsuit alleges sex discrimination and a violation of the Maryland Equal Pay Act. Sykes, who holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism, says she's paid less than her male "Home Team" co-host, who holds a high school diploma. The lawsuit requests more than $200,000 in back pay and damages from Lanham-based CBS's DC operations. More from CTV News via youtube.com.....

7/6 - Stephen Whyno at washingtontimes.com: It's possible the Capitals will have a different radio voice when they open the 2011-12 season. Steve Kolbe has held the job for 12 years, but the team has a job listing up for "Director of Radio Broadcasting/Play-by-play Broadcaster," on Hockey Jobs - the NHL's place for openings. Kurt Kehl, spokesman for Monumental Sports, said in an email: "We have expanded the scope and responsibilities associated with the Capitals radio play-by-play role to a new, full-time position." Kehl could not answer whether Kolbe could still be a candidate to fill the new full-time position but "we will consider all qualified candidates," he said.....

7/2 - DCRTV tipped you yesterday. And now Saturday's Washington Post runs the following correction: "Because of a production error, the movie directory in the July 1 Weekend section contained incorrect information about the area's movie screenings." In the past year, the Post has blamed "production error" gremlins when it has run the wrong map and forecast (at least three times) on its Metro section weather page and the wrong TV program grid in its Style section.....

7/2 - One month ago, someone started a cyber attack against DCRTV. Every single second, thousands of nuisance requests from around the world are being fired at the site, attempting to shut down our internet servers. And the attack was successful for about 18 hours from late June 2 until midday June 3. But our server provider - Pittsburgh's pair.com - made some changes and got us up and running. And, since then, we've been here - uninterrupted! As the attack continues, DCRTV's pages may load slowly and some graphics may occasionally be missing. But we're here. And you're here! DCRTV, which will celebrate its 14th anniversary in September, isn't just me, a local radio and TV fanatic since 1972. It's you! It's your voice. Sure, DCRTV has made a list of enemies over the years. There are radio and TV personalities who have gotten used to the way it was - from "them to you." Total control. Now, with the internet, the tables have been turned. You can "talk back" in venues that they, the media biggies, don't control. Communications just shouldn't be a two-way street, some feel. DCRTV should be silenced. We still don't know who is responsible for the cyber attack - a washed-up radio personality who blames his downfall on comments posted in the DCRTV Mailbag, or perhaps an anti-American group that doesn't like me wearing USMC t-shirts in my "Dave TV" video segments. Or maybe some big media company that feels threated by the impact and reach of DCRTV. On this 4th Of July weekend, as we celebrate our freedom, take a minute to celebrate what DCRTV stands for - your freedom to "talk back" to media personalities, corporations, and goverment regulators. This is an independent, one-man site. DCRTV doesn't have a big media company like Mediabistro/WebMediaBrands or the Huffington Post/AOL dominating us. We depend on our advertisers and you, our wonderful visitors and contributors. Please show your support. Click here. Many thanks.....

7/1 - Looking for the showtimes for "Larry Crowne" or the new "Transformers" flick in today's Washington Post print movie theater listings? You'll find that neither movie - or any flick that's opening today - is playing anywhere in the DC area. Or, maybe, the Post is running the wrong movie listings in its July 1 Weekend section. Another day, yet another stupid blunder from a once great newspaper.....

7/1 - Leesburg's Thomas Balch Library has received a grant of $5,000 from the Loudoun Preservation Society to preserve and digitize the library's collection of audio tapes and memorabilia from Leesburg's WAGE radio, which covered local news and sports from 1958 until 2009. The library's WAGE collection includes 506 reel-to-reel tapes. Processing of the entire collection will cost more than $55,000, and the library has divided the project into several phases. The Loudoun Preservation Society funds will be used to preserve the earliest 136 tapes, with the cost for the phase estimated at $11,760. The remainder will be provided by a grant from the Inova Loudoun Laurels Oral History Program. The preservation work will be handled by Archive Sound Labs in Bethesda.....

6/30 - NewsBlues is reporting that Channel 4/WRC news anchor Craig Melvin is not planning to leave DC any time soon. And that he has no plans to follow WRC sportscaster Lindsay Czarniak to her new gig at ESPN in Bristol CT. Melvin and Czarniak announced their engagement in April and plan to wed this fall. There have been rumblings that Melvin might move to 4's NBC sister MSNBC in NYC to be closer to his new bride.....

6/29 - Channel 4/WRC news anchor Craig Melvin (right) has a bit part in the new film "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon." He plays the part of a TV reporter seen on a TV screen. As DCRTV has told you, Melvin is engaged to Channel 4 sports reporter Lindsay Czarniak, who just announced that she's jumping to ESPN in Bristol CT. They plan to get married in October. Also, Melvin has reportedly put his DC area house on the market. Will he be leaving his WRC-TV gig to follow Czarniak north? Some have said that Melvin, who joined WRC from Columbia SC's WIS-TV in 2008, is being groomed as the NBC-owned station's replacement for longtime anchor Jim Vance, who is rumored to be retiring soon. Stay tuned.....

6/28 - DCRTV has officially asked both WMAL new Program Director Bill Hess and WMAL former Program Director Drew Hayes about rumors that the Citadel news talker may soon get an FM relay via 105.9, currently classic rocker The Edge. And neither has responded to our queries. So, if the rumor - which DCRTV first reported last weekend - is unfounded, both had the chance to shoot it down. Stay tuned.....

6/28 - A correction in Tuesday's Washington Post: "The June 26 obituary of sportscaster Nick Charles incorrectly reported that he teamed with Glenn Brenner at Washington's WRC (Channel 4) in the 1970s. Brenner worked for WUSA (Channel 9)." In the Sunday obit for Charles, Matt Schudel wrote that Charles "shared anchor duties with Glenn Brenner" at Channel 4. DCRTV pointed out the error in a newsblurb earlier this week. In the late 1970s, Brenner was doing sports on Channel 9 when Charles was at Channel 4, we're told. But Brenner never worked at 4.....

6/28 - Jim Riggleman, the manager of the Washington Nationals who surprised everyone and resigned last week, has landed a new gig. He'll be joining Comcast SportsNet Chicago to provide baseball analysis just in time for the latest round of the "Crosstown Classic," in which the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox battle each other.....

6/26 - DCRTV makes Sunday's Washington Post. In Buzz McClain's piece on McLean pop star Chelsea Lee. At washingtonpost.com.....

6/26 - Matt Schudel pens an obit for sportscaster Nick Charles, who died Saturday after suffering from bladder cancer. The Washington Post Sunday piece (page C8, not yet on its website), tells us that Charles worked with Glenn Brenner at Channel 4/WRC, before getting canned in 1979. Charles then moved to Atlanta to work for the just-launched CNN. However, a local DC TV expert tells us: "The obit in the Post for Nick Charles is written badly giving the wrong impression. The article states that he worked with Brenner, when in fact he did not. He was however doing sports during the same time period that Glenn was on 9. Glenn never worked at 4".....

6/25 - DCRTV hears rumblings of change at Citadel's 105.9 The Edge, WVRX. Could the almost two-year old classic rock format be gone soon? What next? A new music format or maybe an FM relay of sister AM news talker WMAL? Stay tuned.....

6/23 - Jen Richer joins hot adult contemporary WIAD as on-air producer for the new Kelly Collis and Tommy McFly morning show at CBS's 94.7 Fresh FM. She comes from Citadel news talker WMAL, 630 AM, where she did website reporting and news coordination.....

6/22 - Toby Knapp, who is heard doing afternoons on Clear Channel's contemporary hit Hot 99.5, WIHT here in DC, adds morning duties at the company's hot adult contemporary WSNE in Providence RI. Currently, Knapp does a batch of on-air gigs on stations across the country via the miracle of voicetracking.....

6/20 - WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM unveiled its new Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis morning show Monday. He'd been doing the afternoon shift at the station, after leaving Mix 107.3's evenings last year. And she's a DC area entertainment, shopping, and food blogger. The CBS hot adult contemporary outlet launched two years ago and has been in cat fight for female demos with Citadel's Mix 107.3, as well as Clear Channel's WASH and Hot 99.5. Will McFly and Collis be able to draw a significant audience away from Jack Diamond, Loo and Lori, and Kane? Stay tuned.....

6/18 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore radio veteran Mike "Mark" Ondayko is joing Times-Shamrock to be an account executive for classic rock WZBA, 100.7 The Bay. During his radio career, he's been partnered with Kirk McEwen for the 98 Rock, WIYY morning show, and has also done mornings, afternoons, overnights, and weekends on other stations. Plus, he's been a copy writer, production director, program director, and operations manager.....

6/17 - Washington's major TV and radio stations, including all-newser WTOP, sports talker WJFK's Junkies, and even contemporary hit outlet Hot 99.5's Kane show, were all abuzz with Friday's morning traffic mess around the Pentagon, regarding the discovery of a suspicious package and vehicle. And even wild rumors of a "detonation." Slow to the story: Still nothing on the Washington Post's front webpage as of 8:50 AM.....

6/13 - DCRTV hears that eight people were laid off Friday at the Washington Post-owned Gazette newspapers serving the Maryland suburbs of DC. Including three reporters, three photographers, and a business editor. Reporters who survived the layoffs were issued cameras, we're told. A source tells DCRTV that the Gaithersburg and Laurel newsrooms were reorganized, with fewer reporters covering the Maryland statehouse.....

6/13 - Travis Bagwell exits nights at Clear Channel alt rocker DC101, WWDC. He will be replaced by Mike Jones, who has been doing weekend and swing shifts as well as "Elliot In The Morning Show" content production.....

6/9 - EJ Mudd, the wife of veteran CBS News news anchor Roger Mudd, died Wednesday in McLean. She was 83.....

6/7 - DCRTV hears that Anthony Verni has been named general sales manager of Red Zebra Broadcasting, which owns sports talkers WTEM, ESPN 980, and WSPZ, 570 AM. He assumes the duties of Dave Howard, who left in April for the general sales manager position at Radio One's WMMJ, 102.3 FM. Verni comes from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, where he's been sales director for the past three years. Before that, he was general sales manager of Radio One's WKYS, 93.9 FM.....

6/6 - Redskins owner Dan Snyder's sports talker ESPN 980, WTEM, is now delaying its internet podcasts by 24 hours. You can't listen to a replay of a show on the web until a full day after it's aired on the radio. ESPN 980's director of programming, Chuck Sapienza, told Dan Steinberg at washingtonpost.com: "We're delaying the podcasts 24 hours for all of our shows. I know this hurts people who listen out of town, but we're trying to get people to listen on the radio. We're in the radio business, and we’re trying to get people to listen on the radio. And the more people who download podcasts, the fewer people who listen on the radio".....

6/6 - Don Brake joins Frederick country outlet WFRE, 99.9 FM, on June 13th to do middays. He comes from WHWK in Binghamton NY. Brake replaces Will Robinson, who recently became a promotions rep for Nine North Records.....

6/5 - An announcement is expected Monday that DC TV veteran Katie Couric (right) will host a new talk show to be syndicated by Disney/ABC beginning in September 2012. Including possibly on DC's Channel 7/WJLA, an ABC affiliate that's owned by Allbritton. Couric will also contribute to ABC News programs as part of the team, but not necessarily in a featured role on any specific programs. The announcement would follow widespread speculation after NBC and CBS reportedly opted out of the bidding for Couric's show. She ended her role as the anchor of "CBS Evening News" last month. Less than two weeks ago, Oprah Winfrey's show ended after 25 years being carried mainly by ABC affiliated stations. And many have expected Couric to be the one most likely to fill the gap in afternoon talk shows, according to a report at wjla.com. An Arlington native, Couric's DC TV career included a reporting stint at NBC's Channel 4/WRC, before moving on to the network's "Today" show in NYC.....

6/4 - The Ray Lucia show joins the lineup of talker WTNT, 730 AM. The certified financial planner will be heard from noon to 3 PM weekdays. WTNT can also be heard on Warrenton's 1250 AM. Its schedule includes "America's Morning News" at 6 AM, Laura Ingraham at 9 AM, Jerry Doyle at 3 PM, and Michael Savage at 9 PM.....

6/4 - Thursday at 8 PM, a massive, international "distributed denial of service" attack started, making thousands of page requests per second to DCRTV's dcrtv.com address. Pair.com, DCRTV's Pittsburgh-based web server firm, immediately "firewalled" DCRTV's server, which made the dcrtv.com address inoperable - taking the site offline for about 18 hours. This was done to protect both DCRTV's server and Pair.com's infrastructure. So far, there is no clue as to who is behind the attack, which continues as I write this on Saturday afternoon. The theories have ranged from a disgruntled local media personality who didn't like what was written about him/her on the site, to some sort of foreign hacker attack of an American media website. I tend to lean to the latter. Most major media organizations have suffered "DDOS" attacks in the past few years, as have many US government and military sites. It could very well be the mistaken suspicion of an anti-USA hacker that DCRTV is somehow a major news organization or affiliated with the American government or military. In any case, I do plan to follow up with the proper authorities, including the FBI, once I get some solid evidence as to who is mounting this cyber attack. There is no doubt that this is a crime, not a mere prank. The techs at Pair.com did manage to get DCRTV transfered to a more robust server late Friday, which does allow for page loads as the attack continues, although some graphics sometimes fail to load. Thanks to DCRTV's wonderful visitors and advertisers for their patience, and thanks to the many local media personalities who've stood by us during this nasty episode. They realize that, while they may not always read flattering items about themselves on DCRTV, it an an important and honest venue of expression for those throughout the Washington and Baltimore media markets. Even if this attack continues, and even if the DCRTV.com address goes "down" again, I will be using Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to keep the flow of news and commentary coming.....

6/2 - A number of local radio experts say they believe that new CBS Radio DC cluster head Steve Swenson might just start a DC all-news rival to Hubbard all-newser WTOP, which is far and away the market's ratings and ad revenue leader. "You've got to believe with Swenson coming in that one of (CBS's DC stations) is going to switch over to all-news to battle WTOP revenue/ratings dominance. I'd guess WIAD 94.7," we're told. Swenson, who was general manager of WTOP in the mid-1990s, most recently managed CBS's two all-newsers in NYC - WCBS-AM and WINS. "He is news. So somebody's format will flip," a local radio insider tells us. "I bet inside six months to be ready for a full 2012 in the format." Another local radio guru tells us that Swenson should "buy WTOP/WFED from Hubbard ASAP." In addition to NYC, CBS runs all-newsers or major news talkers in Philadelphia and Boston - but not DC. With the exception of a few weeks around Christmas, WTOP has remained the top-rated station in the DC market for the past few years by a wide margin. And, the station posted ad revenue of more than $57 million last year, way ahead of second place WPGC's $19 million. Will Swenson, with his all-news radio background, come a-gunning for WTOP? In the DC market, CBS owns WIAD, WPGC, WJFK, WLZL, and WHFS-AM.....

5/31 - Yes, the Joy Boys are back. Ed Walker (left) and Willard Scott (right) have reunited their old WRC radio pairing for an ad now running on the DC radio dial, including WMAL, touting Finally Hear, a hearing aid company. As you probably know, after the morning Joy Boys ended their long radio run in the 1970s, Scott did the weather at Channel 4/WRC and later at NBC's "Today" show. Walker still does a radio show, "The Big Broadcast," Sundays on WAMU.....

5/30 - DCRTV tipped you last week. And now we get the official word that Channel 7/WJLA is moving anchor Cynne Simpson (right) from the 5 PM newscast to "Good Morning Washington" and the noon newscast. Also, Alison Starling (left) is moving from "Good Morning Washington" to WJLA's 5 PM and 11 PM newcasts with Leon Harris. She will also be involved in daily reporting assignments, focusing on the medical beat. Maureen Bunyan returns to her normal schedule with Gordon Peterson at 6 PM. Weekend anchor Caroline Lyders will be leaving WJLA in July to move to Pakistan with her fiancé who has a diplomatic posting.....

5/27 - Baltimore's Christian contemporary WRBS-FM, Shine 95.1, is having some transmission woes. It's hoping to have the "metal element within our antenna" that recently melted replaced by June 2. "Please pray the part arrives on time, and pray for clear weather next week so the tower crew can climb 500 feet to replace the part".....

5/27 - After we posted the latest DC TV ratings from our source (newsblurb below) and this comment - "One of the biggest and once most respected names in DC television is not a happy camper and has been very vocal about it..." - we're hearing a lot of rumblings that it could very well be the very highly-paid Jim Vance (left) at Channel 4/WRC. That makes sense since the NBC station also has new ownership via the recent merger with Comcast. Vance joined WRC in 1965 and has been a news anchor since 1969. If we hear more, we'll let you know.....

5/27 - From a DC TV news source: The May ratings spin game is on. A major and long overdue talent realignment on ABC7, and to a lesser extent on NBC4, will happen within three weeks. One of the biggest and once most respected names in DC television is not a happy camper and has been very vocal about it. Some say, including himself, "his days are numbered." And the latest batch of DC TV news ratings. All households. 5 AM: 1) NBC4, 2) FOX5, 3) 9NEWS, 4) ABC7. 6 AM: 1) NBC4, 2) FOX5, 3) ABC7, 4) 9NEWS. 5 PM: 1) ABC7, 2) NBC4, 3) FOX5, 4) 9NEWS. 6 PM: 1) NBC4, 2) ABC7, 3) FOX5, 4) 9NEWS. 11 PM: 1) NBC4, 2) 9NEWS, 3) ABC7, 4) FOX5. FOX5 at 10 PM beats all 11 PM newscasts. The P25-54 demo: 5 AM: 1) 9NEWS, 2) ABC7/FOX5 (tie), 4) NBC4. 6 AM: 1) NBC4, 2) FOX5, 3) ABC7, 4) 9NEWS. 5 PM: 1) ABC7, 2) NBC4, 3) FOX5, 4) 9 NEWS. 6 PM: 1) NBC4, 2) ABC7, 3) FOX5, 4) 9NEWS. 11 PM: 1) NBC4, 2) FOX5, 3) ABC7/9NEWS (tie).....

5/26 - From Dan Steinberg at washingtonpost.com: "Remember when Washington Post Style writer Paul Farhi criticized Tony Kornheiser's 'Monday Night Football' debut? And when Kornheiser responded by saying he had been back-stabbed and calling Farhi 'a two-bit weasel slug... who I would gladly run over with a Mack truck given the opportunity.' Well, that was nearly five years ago. And Kornheiser has not forgiven Farhi. The former sports columnist talked about the incident in the ESPN book, and he still has strong feelings for his former co-worker".....

5/26 - Albie Dee celebrates 25 years as a DC and Baltimore market radio personality. During the past quarter century, Mr. Dee has worked at WPGC for 11 years, WXYV almost two years, WJMO/WIHT nine years, WARW/WTGB/WIAD almost three years, WWMX on-and-off for four years, and at Sirius XM for almost five years. Check out his Facebook page for more.....

5/26 - Tisha Thompson (right), an investigative reporter at Channel 5/WTTG, has been named the "Best Local Television Reporter/Correspondent In The US" by the Alliance For Women In Media. It was part of the Gracie Awards ceremony in Los Angeles yesterday. Thompson grew up in Potomac and went to Winston Churchill High. Her road back home came via Princeton University, the University Of Missouri Journalism School, Paducah, Baltimore, and then to WTTG, DC's Fox 5. She's the daughter of Lea Thompson, formerly a consumer affairs reporter at Channel 4/WRC who later went to NBC. More at thegracies.org.....

5/21 - A few days ago, DCRTV reported that CBS Radio in Baltimore was crowing about a 4th place tie in men aged 25-54 for evenings in April between WBAL-AM, which carries the Orioles, and CBS's WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, which used to carry the Orioles. However, the management at Hearst news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, is quick to point out that its Orioles broadcasts are doing just fine - and beating the stuffing out of 105.7 - when you look at many other demographic breakdowns of the Charm City radio ratings for April in the 7 PM to midnight slot. For example. Age 12+ male and female demo: 5) WBAL-AM, 17) WJZ-FM. Age 18+ male and female demo: 4) WBAL-AM, 17) WJZ-FM. Age 25-54 male and female demo: 8) WBAL-AM, 10) WJZ-FM. Age 18+ male demo: 2) WBAL-AM, 9) WJZ-FM.....

5/20 - Josh, who pens the EITMfans blog about DC101's "Elliot In The Morning" show, wonders what happened to show sidekick Flounder (right), who has been missing of late. Could it be because of a disagreement between Flounder and the new program director at the Clear Channel alt rocker? Hmmm.....

5/19 - Yesterday, DCRTV told you that local radio veteran Bill Parris's KHZ network of eclectic oldies has added a new station - Brunswick MD's WTRI, 1520 AM, which provides daytime coverage to DC's western suburbs of Loudoun, Frederick, and Fairfax counties. Now, we hear that it's a lease deal, not a purchase deal. The station, midway between Frederick and Leesburg, has been on the market for about two years. It had been running nostalgic adult contemporary ("Vegas Radio") and classic country ("Radio Earl") via its ownership by a group headed by DC rock radio veteran Buddy Rizer, once a DC101 personality. More recently, the station aired a brokered Spanish language format and, for a while, relayed Thurmont MD talker WTHU. DCRTV hears that Parris is now looking for a DC area AMer as another relay for KHZ, which is also heard on WAMD, 970 AM, in Aberdeen MD, northeast of Baltimore, via Annapolis's WYRE, 810 AM, and via an Eastern Shore AMer.....

5/17 - Fox will pull the plug on longtime Saturday evening staple "America's Most Wanted," which is produced in DC and has been been on the air for 23 years and helped capture more than 1,100 fugitives. In unveiling the fall schedule, Fox suits said they will fill the crime solver show's space with reruns of the network's entertainment shows.....

5/17 - The Washington Post profiles local high school game show "It's Academic" on its 50th anniversary. And its host, 84-year-old Mac McGarry "with crepe-fine skin and the reassuring demeanor of someone who genuinely wants his contestants to get it right." The show is produced at Channel 4/WRC.....

5/16 - Steve Chaggaris is the latest to leave the rapidly shrinking staff of Allbritton local news site TBD.com. He was in charge of the cable news side, which saw the rebranding of NewsChannel 8 as TBD-TV. The channel has since been re-rebranded back to NewsChannel 8. No word on Chaggaris's plans, but his career includes gigs at CBS, CSPAN, and Manchester NH's WMUR-TV. Bill Lord, who is head of news operations for Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA, NewsChannel 8, and TBD, tells DCRTV that there are still "well over" 20 people working on TBD.com and WJLA.com. And on the cable TV side, where Chaggaris worked, more than 30 people are employed, Lord adds.....

5/16 - Hillary Howard returned to her afternoon drive anchoring gig at all-news WTOP radio today. She'd been off the air since late March, for surgery she had at Johns Hopkins Hospital on April 4 to remove a benign brain tumor.....

5/16 - DCRTV hears that former Channel 5/WTTG reporter Roby Chavez (right) has joined the campaign of Bevan Dufty, who is trying to be the first gay mayor of San Francisco. Chavez, who left WTTG in February after nine years at the Fox station, will be communications director for Dufty. One of the few openly gay personalities in the DC TV market, Chavez and his partner, Chris Roe, got married in August 2010. Before joining WTTG in 2002, Chavez reported and anchored in New Orleans, Dallas, New York City, and Atlanta. He has also worked as an anchor at CNN Headline News.....

5/16 - DCRTV's hearing rumblings about more changes at CBS Radio's urban contemporary, er rhythmic contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM. We're told that DJ Flexx is being moved from evenings to afternoons. No word yet on who will be taking over his old evening gig. Two weeks ago, former BET personality Free joined the morning show with Big Tigger. And the station's been adding more contemporary hit artists, like Katy Perry and Britney Spears, to its playlist. More: We hear that Rane will be joining DJ Flexx in afternoons.....

5/13 - A DCRTVer tells us that the Federal Communications Commission has approved CBS Baltimore's hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5, to broadcast its Mix 2 dance/hip-hop music channel on 97.5 FM with 250-watts from TV Hill. Mix 2 is currently available as a digital HD Radio subchannel on 106.5.....

5/13 - Janet Jeffers joins Towson University's adult alternative WTMD (89.7 FM) for the afternoon drive shift. She used to work at the old alt rock WHFS.....

5/13 - Steve Buttry, the community engagement director at Allbritton's TBD.com, is the latest to leave the rapidly shrinking local news site. He's heading to the Journal Register Company, where he will be leading community engagement efforts. That's where another former TBDer, Jim Brady, headed earlier this year. Buttry's departure comes just days after TBD's top editor, Erik Wemple, bolted for the Washington Post.....

5/13 - Comcast SportsNet's Washington Wizards play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz married Shelley Lawrence, a real estate agent, on Sunday on a Florida beach. He used to be sports anchor at Channel 5/WTTG.....

5/12 - Steve Waters joins Jessica Cash in mornings on Fredericksburg country outlet WFLS (93.3 FM). "I'm thrilled to be returning to Virginia where I grew up, and to the station where I had my very first air-shift over 15 years ago," says Waters, who comes from a 13-year morning radio gig in Charleston SC. He starts at the Free Lance-Star station on May 23. Waters replaces Geoff Moore, who has been co-hosting WFLS's morning show for three years.....

5/11 - Erik Wemple (right), the editor who jumped from the Washington City Paper to Allbritton's TBD.com last year, heads to the Washington Post, where he will write a blog for washingtonpost.com on media and politics. It was Wemple who penned the TBD (To Be Determined) name for the new local news website when a more locally-based name could not be found. TBD made major personnel cuts earlier this year in a scale back of its mission. DCRTV wonders: Seems like longtime Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi would have been first in line for the post-Howard Kurtzian gig, rather than hiring someone from the outside. Hmmm.....

5/11 - From DCRTV's Mailbag: "PGC now playing Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Edward Maya, Far East Movement. Looks like the Jason Kidd effect has begun!" DCRTV has reported that CBS Radio's urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM, maybe be tweaking more in a contemporary hits direction, to better compete with Clear Channel's top-rated Hot 99.5, WIHT. Kidd recently came down from CBS's hot adult contemporary Mix 106.5, WWMX, in Baltimore to help program PGC.....

Martel Exits WaPo's Style - 5/11 - DCRTV hears that Ned Martel is out as the main editor of the Washington Post's troubled Style section. He'll continue to write for the paper, covering the upcoming presidential campaign, we're told. No successor was named, although it's been reported that Kevin Sullivan, the Post's Sunday and features editor, will be interim head editor of Style until a replacement for Martel is found.....

5/11 - Meredith Attwell Baker, one of the two Republican commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, plans to step down - and right into a top Capitol Hill lobbying job at Comcast-NBC. The news comes after the controversial merger of Comcast and NBC earlier this year. With her vote for the merger, Baker objected to FCC attempts to impose conditions on the deal and argued that the "complex and significant transaction" would "bring exciting benefits to consumers that outweigh potential harms".....

5/11 - The Mike O'Meara show and the Big O and Dukes podcasts were voted as fan favorites in a recent poll conducted by iTunes on Facebook. The former WJFK radio shows were joined by the podcasts of Adam Carolla, "Radiolab," and NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" among the top five.....

5/9 - DCRTV hears that DC radio veteran Don Geronimo has just signed a new deal with CBS Radio to keep him on Sacramento sports talker KHTK through 2014. Geronimo's been doing middays on the station since last year. And now he'll also be program director. Geronimo, whose real name is Mike Sorce, was last heard in DC on CBS's then guy talker, now sports talker WJFK, which he left in 2008. He was partnered with Mike O'Meara during his WJFK years and at then contemporary hit WAVA before that.....

5/9 - DCRTV hears that Dave Hill, program director at Baltimore's 98 Rock, WIYY, is a new dad. His wife Angela gave birth to Roxy Harper Hill on Saturday morning.....

5/9 - Cox, which owns the largest single cable TV system in the DC area - Fairfax County, will be moving all of its high-def channels to the 1000+ range. And, to make it easier to find local outlets, area TV stations will be put on their channel number - a la Channel 4/WRC will be placed on 1004, Channel 5/WTTG on 1005, Channel 7/WJLA on 1007, and Channel 9/WUSA on 1009.....

5/9 - ESPN 980, WTEM, reported Saturday that Sean Miller will be named new mens' basketball coach at the University Of Maryland on Monday. But the scoop turned out to be not accurate. So, Chuck Sapienza, the sports talker's top manager, posted an apology on the station's Facebook page: "Breaking news, while always a difficult animal to tame in the era of social media, is still as simple as getting the story 100% correct. You have my word we will improve our fact checking and sourcing. While mistakes do happen in our business, this will not be tolerated or taken lightly. I appreciate all of our listeners and take our credibility very seriously".....

5/7 - DCRTV told you that WPGC had removed morning man Big Tigger from its website and has been dropping hints on-air that he might be leaving the station. Now, a DCRTVer tells us that the CBS urban contemporary outlet is running a promo which indicates that station management has set Big Tigger "free." With the strong possibility that former BET personality Free (left), who has done fill-in work for PGC and co-hosting work at an NYC urban-formatted station, might be joining Big Tigger for mornings. "Do not be surprised if Free shows up Monday morning along with Tigger," we're told.....

5/4 - Today was the big Sirius XM satellite radio channel realignment. With the unveiling of a new line-up that will put many channels on the same numbers on both Sirius and XM radios. For example, the "First Wave" classic alternative rock and pop channel moves from Sirius's 22 and XM's 44 to channel 33 on both Sirius and XM receivers. Plus, there are a few merged channels and some channels moving to online-only status. Details at siriusxm.com/channelupdate.....

5/4 - Bruce Posner, who hosts the Baltimore-based "Terp Talk" University Of Maryland-themed sports show, is launching a DC version. Starting this month, Posner will be heard Saturdays at 8 AM on CBS's Big Talker, 1580 AM, WHFS. The DC debut will take place either May 7th or 14th. The five-year-old Baltimore version of "Terp Talk" is heard Thurdays at 6 PM on CBS's ESPN 1300, WJZ-AM. Posner also hosts "The Sports Maven" Saturdays at 9 AM on WJZ-AM.....

5/3 - In case you didn't notice, Chad Dukes was back on sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's afternoon show on Monday. After what DCRTV reported last week was a several day "suspension" for exchanging text messages critical of his afternoon co-host LaVar Arrington with show producer Matt "Drab" Cahill. Our sources tell us that Cahill has been taken off the show, but is still working for WJFK owner CBS. And that Dukes has been removed from a weekend sports TV show that he did with Arrington for Channel 50/WDCW. Again, WJFK/CBS management is refusing comment on any of the above rumblings. Stay tuned.....

5/3 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore sports talker Fox 1370, WVIE, has added the "America's Morning News" program to morning drive, from 5 AM to 9 AM. The DC-based TRN syndicated show is supplemented with local news, weather, traffic, and sports headlines from WVIE, which is now dubbing itself "V1370." The station is the sister of news talker WCBM, 680 AM. Rob Long's 1370 morning show gets shifted from an 8 AM to a 9 AM start time, we're told. "AMN" airs in the DC market on talker WTNT, which airs on 730 AM and 1250 AM.....

5/3 - Tom Taylor, in his Tuesday TRI radio biz newsletter, tells us that Hubbard, which takes over a batch of Bonneville radio stations any day now, including DC all-newser WTOP, will allow ads that tout state lotteries and alcoholic beverages. Salt Lake City-based Bonneville, which is closely aligned with the Mormon Church, was noted for refusing ads from organizations that didn't conform with its views of morality. Those added ads can only be a good thing for WTOP, which is far and away the top radio ad revenue producer in the DC market.....

5/2 - Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Will Thomas (right) mixed up Osama Bin Laden's name with President Obama's name last night in a breaking news report on the Fox station. Proclaimed Thomas: "President Obama is, in fact, dead... It was a US-led strategic... I'm sorry... Osama Bin Laden... is dead..." The video is at YouTube.....

5/2 - A Baltimore viewer tells DCRTV that Sinclair-owned Channel 45/WBFF, Charm City's Fox affiliate, didn't even bother to interrupt a half-hour infomercial for a local Ford dealership it was running at 11 PM Sunday for the breaking news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. More: Channel 45 did carry 15 minutes of Fox News coverage at 11:30 PM, we're told.....

5/2 - Today's print Washington Post features four broadsheet pages of coverage of Saturday's star-studded White House Correspondents' Association Dinner and related parties, the same number of broadasheet pages devoted to Sunday's big news that Osama Bin Laden was killed by US forces.....

4/30 - Elmer Lynn Hauldren, the former advertising copywriter based out of Chicago who was best known for originating the television character "The Empire Man," died on April 26 at age 89. He was seen frequently on DC TV as the spokesman for carpet and flooring firm Empire Today. According to HollywoodMemoir.com, Hauldren was working on the Empire Carpet account in 1977 and could not find an actor the company approved of for the role of "The Empire Man" in a commercial scheduled to be shot. Instead, then company owner Seymour Cohen asked Hauldren to play the role of "The Empire Man" himself. Check out one of Hauldren's Empire ads at YouTube.....

4/29 - We hear this from a well-placed DC radio insider about today's big news that Clear Channel is buying Metro Traffic: "Metro DC will stay put at its Silver Spring location. Metro has 13 hub offices around the country and 12 of those will stay in place including the DC hub. Companies will continue to operate as separate business units for many months if not the rest of 2011. Both business units produce and sell traffic but they are completely different." More in the newsblurb below.....

4/29 - Late Friday morning, DCRTV got an incoming biggie at our Rumorama: Is radio giant Clear Channel going to buy Metro Traffic? More: We're getting confirmation that it will happen. Westwood One is selling its Metro Traffic to Clear Channel to "focus on expanding its core network radio business." Here in DC, Clear Channel's five Rockville-based stations - DC101, Hot 99.5, WASH, Big 100.3, and WMZQ - use Clear Channel's own traffic service, Total Traffic, which will now merge with Metro Traffic, which has its DC offices in Silver Spring. Earlier this year, Metro Traffic lost its biggest DC radio customer when Bonneville all-newser WTOP took its traffic reporting in-house. An interesting wrinkle: Metro Traffic currently provides services to CBS, Radio One, and Citadel radio stations in the DC market. Will those companies like getting traffic reports from a major local rival, Clear Channel? Also: A DC radio guru tells us that it's more likely that Clear Channel will considate its traffic operations at its Rockville Pike headquarters and close Metro Traffic's Silver Spring facility. Look for a big batch of layoffs, we're told, as the two traffic departments consolidate. Yet more: A Westwood One conference call to its employees early Friday afternoon spun the deal as good for all parties, with no significant layoffs. Employees will get more info on Monday, we hear. More soon.....

4/28 - DCRTV's getting more information from sources about the suspension of afternoon show co-host Chad Dukes (right) at CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. News DCRTV broke yesterday. So far, no reaction from management at either the Fairfax-based station or at CBS Radio DC's headquarters in Lanham. Apparently, Dukes exchanged a series of instant messages featuring comments critical of his radio partner and former Redskin LaVar Arrington with show producer Matt "Drab" Cahill. Including one comment where Dukes claimed that Arrington "butchered" that day's show. We're told that Dukes has been suspended from WJFK for the remainder of the week and maybe longer, with Cahill also sidelined. We're also told that corporate suits from CBS Radio's NYC headquarters will be "weighing in" on the matter. Arrington and Dukes have been partnered for the afternoon show since WJFK flipped to sports talk in mid-2009.....

4/28 - DCRTV tipped you. And now it happens. Former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich and his wife Kendel filled-in Thursday at 9 AM for the vacationing Tom Marr on Baltimore news talker WCBM (680 AM). The Ehrlichs dedicated much of the show to the memory of former Maryland Governor/Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer, who was laid to rest yesterday. Still no word if a permanent gig at WCBM is in the cards for the Ehrlichs, who hosted a Saturday morning show on rival Baltimore news talker WBAL (1090 AM) through mid-2010.....

4/27 - Dan Snyder's Washington Redskins agree to a new five-year radio partnership with Dan Snyder's Red Zebra radio stations in DC, Richmond, and Norfolk through the 2015 season. Including Dan Snyder's WTEM, ESPN 980, in DC, which will remain the flagship station of Dan Snyder's Redskins Radio Network.....

4/27 - We're hearing rumblings that WJFK afternoon co-host Chad Dukes has been suspended from the CBS Radio sports talker. We've attempted to contact 106.7 The Fan management, but so far no one's talking on or off the record. A WJFK listener tells us that Dukes posted this via his Twitter feed today: "Looks like I've got the day off, friendos." And then this: "It appears I am off again tomorrow. Thinking about checking out a bar here in Centreville for some day drinking. Who's in?" More: A source tells us: "Producer Drab and Chad were texting some inappropriate things about (afternoon co-host) LaVar (Arrington) to each other while they were on the air and LaVar found it on their computers. Chad is gone for one or two days and Drab has a week off." More as we hear it.....

4/26 - Tony Kornheiser (left), who hosts a show on Dan Snyder's WTEM, ESPN 980, sounded off this morning on WTEM against the Redskins owner's lawsuit against Washington City Paper: "This lawsuit, in its various forms, has given this particular story life that it could never have had before. Life that it could never have had before. So at this point, I'm sort of willing to believe that the only reason for continuing this thing is out of some sort of principle having to do with Dan Snyder's view of the world... I would not bring this lawsuit. I would not have brought this lawsuit. I would not continue the lawsuit. I think it's a losing proposition to do so. I think when you are a public figure there are things that are bothersome and they sort of come with the territory." More at Dan Steinberg's DC Sports Bog at washingtonpost.com.....

4/26 - As expected, Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA today resurrected the wjla.com website, which was eliminated last August when the firm launched its local news tbd.com website. Last month, after a round of serious cuts at TBD, Allbritton announced that the new site would become entertainment-oriented and that WJLA would get its news-oriented site back. Ever since the launch of TBD, a number of WJLAers have complained that DC's ABC affiliate lacked its own site. Since then, the wjla.com web address directed you to the tbd.com site. In its early days, TBD even linked to other local TVers' websites for local news stories. Also, Allbritton has restored the NewsChannel 8 name to its local news cable channel, which had been redubbed TBD-TV.....

4/26 - The new 50,000-watt 1190 AM signal of Leesburg's WCRW, formerly WAGE, is causing interference to some residents' telephone service in Ashburn, where station's transmitter is located. More at washingtonpost.com.....

4/25 - In a Washington Post piece entitled "Why I Am Suing Washington City Paper," Redskins owner Dan Snyder (right) says he's refiling the defamation compaint in Washington for legal reasons. The original action was filed in New York City, where the parent of City Paper is located. "I expect to be criticized once again for pursuing this lawsuit. I originally filed it for one reason: The paper refused to issue an apology and retract false and damaging attacks on my integrity. If it had done so, there would have been no lawsuit," Snyder writes. The target of Snyder's suit is City Paper reporter Dave McKenna, who wrote a November 2010 piece detailing Snyder's business dealings.....

4/25 - Former Redskins executive Vinny Cerrato joins Ken Weinman on Baltimore sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, for an 8 PM to 10 PM weekday show that will focus on football talk. In between gigs with the Redskins, Cerrato had been an analyst for ESPN.....

4/25 - DCRTV told you last week that the University Of Maryland's student-run radio station, WMUC, was facing big cuts from the College Park school. Now, the Diamondback reports that the Student Government Association has provided $5,810 in emergency funding to WMUC. "The SGA executives really pulled through for us," WMUC sports business director Jamie Forzato said. "Without that $5,800, we would have been shut down, we would have had to sign off the air." The Washington City Paper has more.....

4/23 - Ombudsman Patrick Pexton looks at the Washington Post's efforts to bolster its local news coverage, and even admits that the paper got beat out during the recent Potomac River flooding by WTOP's wtop.com. "Ironic that a radio station has better photos than the Post," Pexton writes at washingtonpost.com.....

4/22 - DCRTV hears that Pat Doran has left her local sales manager gig at CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, to go to the ad sales department of Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA.....

4/22 - Sirius XM in DC hires Dave Wellington to be its new director of classic rock programming. He used to program Clear Channel alt rocker DC101. Also in DC, the satradder promotes Dion Summers to be vice president of urban contemporary and hip-hop programming.....

4/20 - Student-operated radio station WMUC is among a host of school groups facing big budget cuts by the University Of Maryland. The station requested around $27,000 but was given only $7,000 in primary funding. College Park's WMUC needs about twice that amount to cover its phone and internet costs. The Diamondback has more.....

4/20 - Charlie Sheen's "Torpedo Of Truth" show at DC's DAR Constitution Hall Tuesday night "began with a stream-of-consciousness monologue about Sheen's hatred of ex-wives and his failure to secure sole custody of his children earlier in the day. It lurched onward to a dry sit-down interview - led by much-booed WBIG (100.3 FM) host Tommy Griffiths - about the first time Sheen met Marlon Brando. The crowd quaked with catcalls whenever Sheen wasn't talking about doing drugs or manhandling women." So reports the Washington Post.....

4/19 - A well-placed source tells DCRTV that former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich and his wife, Kendel, will be returning to the Baltimore airwaves next week as fill-in hosts for Tom Marr at 9 AM on Baltimore news talker WCBM (680 AM), while he's on vacation. No word on whether they'll become more regular fixtures on WCBM. The Enrlichs had hosted a Saturday morning show on another Baltimore news talker, WBAL (1090 AM), before Bob made an unsuccessful attempt to regain the governor's mansion last fall.....

4/18 - Allbritton plans to resurrect its WJLA.com website next week, after folding the Channel 7 news site into its new TBD.com local news site in August 2010. Earlier this year, the company pink-slipped much of TBD's staff, after some of TBD's top brass left, and put WJLA news czar Bill Lord in charge of TBD, which he said was being transformed into an entertainment news-oriented site.....

4/13 - A source tells DCRTV: Former program director at Baltimore's urban WERQ and Radio One executive Tom Calococci just exited Beasley's rhythmic contemporary WPOW in Miami after five years with significant ratings success. Could he be a candidate for the vacant PD position at CBS Radio's urban WPGC in DC? Stay tuned.....

4/13 - That's DC area radio voice veteran Dude Walker doing "sweepers" for the just-launched pop oldies 97.1 The Wave on the Eastern Shore. More at 971thewave.com.....

4/13 - We're told that there's a plan afoot to put the dance-formatted digital HD2 signal of Baltimore's WWMX, Mix 106.5, on a low-power analog outlet. Station owner CBS wants to put a 250-watt signal on 97.5 FM to relay "Mix 2" from the WYPR tower in northwest Baltimore. The move is pending FCC approval. More at fcc.gov.....

4/12 - Bonneville's Federal News Radio, WFED 1500/820 AM, unveils a new afternoon show. "In Depth With Francis Rose" will air weekdays from 3 PM to 7 PM and feature long-form interviews, news, and information aimed at the federal executive, and will include several high profile series, including "The Federal News Countdown." Rose has been with WFED since 2006, and was a host and anchor for CSPAN before that. He replaces Chris Dorobek, who recently left WFED to tend to family matters.....

4/12 - DCRTV hears that CBS Radio-DC is planning yet another HFStival, Saturday September 17 at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion. The annual HFStival concert was held at the same location last September after a several year break. CBS-DC ended alternative rocker WHFS's 20-plus-year regular radio run on 99.1 FM back in 2005, with a short resurrection by CBS-Baltimore on 105.7 FM. WHFS can now be heard on the HD2 digital signal of DC's WIAD, 94.7 FM, and at whfs.com.....

4/11 - It sounds like Leesburg's WAGE is back on the air. The 1200 AM station was due to relaunch with a more powerful signal on 1190 AM. And, as of Monday, a DCRTVer posts this in our Mailbag: "1190 in Leesburg might have started back up today. Right now, it's playing a real eclectic satellite-delivered mix of music, plus there was just a news and traffic update on the half-hour. Tagline is 'WCRW: Your Source For News, Traffic, And Weather For Loudoun And Beyond.'" The former news talker is owned by James Weitzman's New World Radio, which also owns DC brokered ethnic outlet WUST, 1120 AM.....

4/11 - Earlier today, we told you that longtime Washington Post Virginia reporter Tom Jackman has launched a washingtonpost.com blog about Northern Virginia. Now, we hear that Jackman has picked Northern Virginia's "Top 31 Coolest Blogs" and DCRTV gets included. At washingtonpost.com.....

4/11 - Brian Beddow has been named director of programming for Centennial's Winchester radio cluster, which includes hot adult contemporary WINC-FM (92.5), news talk WINC-AM (1400), and classic rocker WXBN/WXNB (104.9 FM/105.5 FM). He will continue his 1 PM to 3 PM on-air shift on WINC-FM. Beddow replaces Jeff Adams, who recently left for a gig at the West Virginia Radio Corporation in Charleston.....

4/11 - Longtime Washington Post Virginia reporter Tom Jackman launches a Northern Virginia blog, State Of NoVa, at washingtonpost.com. Jackman was a classmate of your webmaster, DCRTV Dave, at Herndon High in the 1970s.....

4/11 - DCRTV hears that Kirk Litton becomes a regional sales director focused on multi-market clients at Radio One's DC market headquarters in Lanham. Also, Sam Tatum moves to the position of DC cluster sales manager, working with all five of Radio One's radio stations, including WKYS, WMMJ, WOL, WYCB, and WPRS. And, Jeff Shrinsky will be general sales manager of WKYS, with Dave Howard coming onboard last week as general sales manager WMMJ. Of course, Alan Leinwand is the director of ad sales for Radio One's DC cluster.....

4/10 - Starting next Saturday, April 16, Phil Wood will be hosting "Nats Talk" on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network from 10 AM to noon. He's been a co-host on "Wall-To-Wall Baseball" with Tom Davis and Dave Johnson on MASN and WJZ-AM, 1300, with a decidedly Orioles flavor. Wood will not continue to do that noon to 2 PM show every Saturday. But he will still be seen from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on MASN's new weekday baseball show, with Davis, Johnson, and Mel Antonen. MASN has yet to announce a "Nats Talk" co-host.....

4/7 - From Mediaite: Former Virginia governor and current US Senate hopeful George Allen has stuck at least several toes in his mouth, offending Channel 4/WRC anchor Craig Melvin by asking him what position he played. The problem is that Melvin, who is black, never played sports, and he's apparently already told Allen so. Melvin Tweeted Tuesday, "For the 2nd time in 5 months, fmr. gov. and sen candidate George Allen asks me, 'what position did you play?' I did not a play a sport." Allen has since Tweeted an apology, but given his "Macaca guy" alter ego, will people give him the benefit of the doubt? The exchange in question likely occurred sometime off-camera during, or after, the filming of a report on Republican Allen's Senate run (right), Mediaite adds.....

4/7 - Bravo has pulled the plug on "Real Housewives Of DC" after just one season. The reality show, produced by Bethesda's Half Yard Productions, was canned because it was too "serious" and too "political" for the trashy TV franchise, which includes "Housewives" shows for less sophisticated places like Orange County, Atlanta, and New Jersey.....

4/7 - Technology reporter and columnist Rob Pegoraro is leaving the Washington Post. "The proximate cause is management deciding that the sort of review and analysis of technology that I've been doing for most of those 17 years is no longer part of the Post's core mission," he says in his farewell message at robpegoraro.com.....

4/7 - Bill Bennett (right) starts his eighth year hosting the DC-based nationally-syndicated "Morning In America" for Salem Radio Network today, and he's going to be surprised - multiple times. According to the TRI radio biz newsletter, TRN Programming VP Tom Tradup has lined up "two US Senators, several House members, personalities from Fox News Channel and CNN, plus friends from three different national talk networks." Also - former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who guested on Bennett's debut show in 2004. And House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who used to work for Bennett at Empower America. Bennett is heard on DC's WWRC (1260 AM), a talker owned by Salem.....

4/7 - Priestly nabs the afternoon slot and music director duties at CBS Radio's hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5, in Baltimore. He spent the past nine years at DC's XM, later Sirius XM, programming the 90s-On-9, Pop 2K, and 20-On-20 channels.....

4/7 - Jonathan Hunley, the business editor of the News And Messenger in Manassas, has been named the new editor and general manager of the News Virginian in Waynesboro VA. Both newspapers are owned by Richmond-based Media General.....

4/5 - Former Channel 9/ WUSA reporter Dave Statter posted this on Facebook Tuesday afternoon about his wife, Hillary Howard: "She looks good but is still quite groggy. There were no complications and we had a very positive report from the surgeon, Dr. Michael Lim. Thanks for all of your prayers, support and messages." Hillary, an afternoon drive anchor on all-news WTOP, underwent surgery for a benign brain tumor this morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.....

4/5 - For the fourth consecutive season, the Washington Capitals Stanley Cup playoff games will be broadcast on CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. All of the Capitals playoff games will be carried on the team's flagship, Bonneville federal news talker WFED, 1500/820 AM. WJFK will carry select games, complete with pre- and postgame shows during the playoffs. The Caps' playoff games will also air on sports talker WVIE, Fox 1370, in Baltimore, in addition to radio stations in Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Lexington, Lynchburg, and Charlottesville. The Capitals recently clinched a playoff spot and are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference.....

4/4 - DCRTV hears that the the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will not be using its rotating color analyists as much this year on Baltimore Orioles broadcasts. With Gary Thorne and Jim Hunter as the main TV play-by-play guys, Jim Palmer and Mike Flanagan handle most of the color commentary duties. But, last year, a series of rotating commentators, including Brady Anderson, Mike Boddicker, Eddie Murray, and Ben McDonald were also used. Look for less use of the latter four, we're told.....

4/2 - WBIG morning man Tommy Griffiths plays a "guest security guard" on an upcoming episode of the Jerry Springer show. The show will be taped in NYC on April 11 and air "sometime in May," according to Springer's producers. Griffiths will share his experiences "behind the scenes" at the Springer show on his morning radio programs, and Jerry Springer will guest on his 100.3 morning show over the next few weeks, we're told. Channel 50/WDCW carries Springer's show.....

4/2 - DCRTV hears that the Federal Communications Commission has awarded a new channel 5 digital TV allocation that would use Easton MD's WCEI (96.7 FM) tower just east of the Bay Bridge from Annapolis and have a potential city grade signal from Salisbury to Baltimore. The company that's bidding for the signal is Western Pacific Broadcasting, which recently won a bid for a channel 4 digital allocation near Atlantic City. The FCC can allocate a channel 5 operation so close to DC because DC's Channel 5/WTTG actually operates on UHF channel 36. More at FCC.gov.....

4/1 - Two Channel 4/WRCers get engaged. And it's not an April Fools joke. Sports reporter/anchor Lindsay Czarniak and news reporter/anchor Craig Melvin.....

4/1 - Happy April Fools Day 2011.....

WASH To Start HD Radio Channel For DJs - 4/1 - Finally an HD Radio channel for DJ's! WASH is planning to start up "Cahill And Company" on its HD3 channel. It's nothing but airchecks of various jocks, including WASH/WBIG PD Bill Cahill, Loo Katz at WEAM circa 1973, Lori Brooks as "Monica" Brooks at Power 106/LA, Bill Worthington from his days at WCAO, Maureen McLain from Smooth Jazz 105.9, Dave Arlington from W-Lite, DC101 breaks from Gary Chase, and Marilyn Thompson from the old XTRA 104 days.....

WBAL Gets FMer - 4/1 - Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, will soon be heard on 100.7 FM. DCRTV hears that the WBAL owner Hearst has bought classic rock WZBA from Shamrock for $23 million and will similcast its signal on FM. And, at the same time, remove a competitor to its co-owned 98 Rock, WIYY. The downtown Baltimore 100.1 FM translator is also part of the deal. Look for the WBAL FM simulcast to start next week via a lease agreement with Shamrock, before the paperwork is filed with the FCC.....

Clapton To Restore Historic Annapolis Structure - 4/1 - Rock legend and yachting enthusiast Eric Clapton has announced an initiative aimed at saving the Annapolis Market House. The 66-year-old guitar great has proposed an auction of signed guitars from his fabled collection. In a conversation with Alex Cortright of adult alternative rock WRNR (103.1 FM), Clapton revealed that all proceeds would go towards the purchase and renovation of the storied building. Clapton said he plans to remodel the space as a rock and roll museum and eatery featuring items from his personal vault as decoration. The former Cream front man has visited the Annapolis downtown area in the past on boating excursions. There will be a press conference at noon today, and WRNR will begin coverage at 11:30 AM.....

3/31 - DCRTV hears that Allbritton is planning a "relaunch" of NewsChannel 8 later this year, including a new "graphic look." It will go HD with new studio facilities. Last year, NC8 was co-branded TBD-TV, in a realignment with Allbritton's new local news website.....

3/31 - Juan Williams, who got canned by NPR last year for making comments that he gets nervous when he sees Muslim-garbed people in airports, made his debut as a contributor to DC news talker WMAL's "Morning Majority" program this morning. Since Fred Grandy left, the show's been hosted by Bryan Nehman with a series of rotating co-hosts.....

3/30 - Nestor Aparicio, owner of Baltimore sports talker WNST, says he's being sued by Jen Royle, a sports reporter for MASN and 105.7 The Fan, over something that got post posted on his station's wnst.net website. His take on the matter is at wnst.net, although he doesn't mention what was said. We contacted Royle and she refused comment, referring us to her attorney, Brian Goodman. He also refused comment, but did confirm that the suit was filed on March 11 in Baltimore City Circuit Court.....

3/29 - A correction on page A2 of Tuesday's Washington Post: "Because of a production error, much of the information on the weather page in some March 28 editions, including the national and regional forecast maps, was reprinted from the previous day." The Post made the same print "production error" several times in 2010.....

3/29 - Every NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox station in the Washington and Baltimore area showed President Obama's Libya speech last night - expect for Fox 45, WBFF, in Baltimore. That's according to a comment this morning by WMAL host Bryan Nehman on the "Morning Majority." Channel 45 is owned by Sinclair, which is said to be a politically right-wing-oriented company. Also, the speech, which aired at 7:30, cut into syndicated programming which generates a significant pile of ad revenue for local stations. Usually, the president speaks later in the evening, often after 8 PM, when local stations run network programming. Last night, DC's Fox 5, WTTG, which is owned by Fox, did carry Fox News Channel's coverage of the speech.....

3/28 - The April edition of Northern Virginia magazine (right) features a cover profile of Hot 99.5 morning man Kane, penned by local scribe Buzz McClain. On local newsstands now. Also, check out a "behind the scenes" cover shoot interview with Kane and his radio team at northernvirginiamag.com.....

3/23 - Jon Ballard, who used be an on-air personality on Clear Channel's classic hits WBIG and alt rocker DC101, joins the company's Columbus GA rocker WVRK as program director. He got jettisoned from the morning gig at WBIG in mid-2010.....

3/23 - DCRTV hears that former Channel 45/WBFF senior photojournalist Darren Durlach has been named the Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer Of The Year for the third consecutive year. This has only been accomplished one other time since the National Press Photographers Association started handing out the award in 1954. Darren now works for the Boston Globe as a senior multimedia producer, but he was honored for his work at WBFF during 2010.....

3/22 - DCRTV hears that Dave Briggman is the new talk show host for Shenandoah Valley talker WSVG (790 AM) in Mount Jackson VA. He's doing the 2 PM to 4 PM shift on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until early May, when he'll be on Monday through Friday. He tells DCRTV: "Although I'm a newby, I'm excited at the opportunity to work at this station as it enters the Harrisonburg market to compete against the incumbent stations of WSVA and WKCY".....

3/21 - Weather forecaster Sandra Shaw is leaving Channel 11/ WBAL at the end of the month, according to her Facebook page. She is going to WPBF-TV in Palm Beach FL. Also, she's getting married in May.....

3/17 - DC radio legend Donnie Simpson is shooting down a rumor that first surfaced on the AOL's Black Voices site earlier this week which claimed that the former WPGC (95.5 FM) morning man will soon be hosting an evening show on Howard University's WHUR (96.3 FM). According to Radio-Info.com, Simpson has since used his Facebook page to dispute the claim. "They quoted a source who said I was itching to get back on radio. This is obviously someone who doesn't know me," he wrote. "A lot of people have approached me about doing a lot of different things in radio and TV. Some of them are intriguing, but one option remains, none of the above. Y'all have been with me thru thick and thin and I promise you that I'll let you know when and if I decide to get 'Funky on the mic, like an old batch of collard greens.' Thanks for the interest though. I'm flattered. Til the next episode." Simpson left WPGC in early 2010 after 18 years at the CBS station. Reportedly, his non-compete contract with CBS runs through April.....

3/16 - Tom Taylor in his Wednesday TRI radio biz newsletter tells us that Hubbard expects to close on those 17 Bonneville stations on May 1. Including Bonneville's DC cluster of top-rated all-newser WTOP and federal news talker WFED. And Hubbard names Dave Bestler its new executive VP and chief financial officer. He "played a key role in the recent agreement to acquire Bonneville International's radio stations in Chicago, Washington DC, and Cincinnati," according to a Hubbard statement. He has been general manager of Hubbard's hometown Minneapolis radio cluster. He'll work with Bonneville's Bruce Reese, who's coming over to run the day-to-day operations of Hubbard. This becomes effective when the $505 million Hubbard-Bonneville deal, which was announced on January 19, closes in about a month-and-a-half.....

3/15 - Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 2001 to 2005, has been named president and CEO of the DC-based National Cable And Telecommunications Association, the top cable TV lobbying group.....

3/15 - DC radio veteran Bennett Zier (right) joins Entercom to be vice president and radio market manager for Norfolk, where he'll oversee WWDE, WPTE, WNVZ, and WVKL, all FMers. Zier used to head Clear Channel's DC radio cluster and went on to help Redskins owner Dan Snyder form his Red Zebra radio unit, which owns sports talker WTEM.....

3/15 - BlackVoices.com is reporting that legendary DC radio man Donnie Simpson (left), who got removed from CBS Radio's urban contemporary WPGC in January 2010, has struck a deal with Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR to host a nighttime slow-jam show beginning in mid-April. "He's been itching to be back on radio since his departure from his morning show on WPGC last year," said a source. "This is a win-win for him and the station." He is also reportedly working to syndicate his new show nationwide. Simpson hosted the "Donnie Simpson Morning Show" on WPGC for 18 years, but was reportedly forced to retire after his ratings slumped and CBS didn't want to continue to pay his high salary. Before that, Simpson worked at WKYS, after arriving in DC from Detroit. He has also hosted shows for BET. Simpson reportedly had a non-compete contract with CBS and could not be heard on a rival local station for more than a year after leaving WPGC.....

3/14 - Now that it has received the blessing of the federal regulators and completed its merger with NBC, area cable TV giant Comcast is raising its cable TV rates. The expanded basic "Standard Service" tier of channels will increase in price by about 5% per month come May 1, going from $61.95 to $64.95 in Reston, for example. "Limited Basic" jumps almost 10% to $22.95 in Reston, with both the "Digital Starter" and "Digital Preferred" packages, including those bundled with premium channels like HBO, also jumping in price by about 5%. Comcast is also hiking the price of its popular "Blast" and "Performance" internet services by $1 each. Prices for many installation services are also being raised.....

3/14 - Former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich and his wife, Kendal, co-hosted the morning show on DC's WMAL (630 AM) Monday. The Citadel news talker is trying out different personalities since Fred Grandy resigned two week ago. Grandy's radio partner, Bryan Nehman, remains. The Ehrlichs (right) used to host a Saturday morning show on Baltimore news talker WBAL (1090 AM), a Hearst station. A Republican, Bob re-ran for governor last year and lost. Grandy's contract with WMAL features a non-compete clause that extends through May 2012, and that will prevent him from taking another local media gig any time soon.....

3/13 - The Washington Examiner names Jeff Tomik as its new sports editor. He rises from assistant sports editor. Scott Silverstein, a sports copy editor, becomes assistant sports editor.....

3/12 - A DCRTVer tells us that Somar's WMDM in Lexington Park/Mechanicsville MD has changed again back to classic rock from adult contempary, as "Easy 97.7." It has even brought back "The Rocket" name.....

3/11 - DCRTV hears that there's been a Pepco power outage in a small section of northwest DC, including the Idaho Avenue building that houses all-news WTOP and federal news talker WFED. In the dark since 11:30 Thursday night, but we're told the newsroom is "fully functioning" on back-up power and a generator. Sales offices, bathroom, and coffee makers all dark. "Listeners never knew a thing," WTOP's top programmer Jim Farley tells DCRTV. "Kudos to Dave Garner, John Spaulding, and the engineering/IT team because everything worked as it should." Power was restored at 10 AM Friday. A WTOP staffer tells DCRTV: "Big kudos to WFED staffers who had it much worse, but worked like troopers through a difficult situation. UPS systems and generators all worked as designed, but we found a few things that are not on generator power that should be - and will be".....

3/9 - Chris Berry, formerly the general manager and president of news talker WMAL, has joined Metro Traffic as the senior vice president of Metro Source. Based in Phoenix, Berry will oversee the service which provides headline, sports, entertainment, and business news to radio stations. The ABC Radio veteran joined then ABC-owned WMAL in 2002 and left the station, which had been acquired by Citadel, in 2009 to head the ESPN sports talk radio station in Los Angeles. He left that gig last year.....

3/9 - We're told that about a dozen or slightly more demonstrators showed up at WMAL's studios on Jenifer Street today to protest last week's resignation of morning man Fred Grandy, who was told by the news talk station's management that he could no longer have his wife, "Mrs. Fred," on his show. She often talked against fundamentalist Muslim issues. WMAL late morning man Chris Plante put in an appearance, as did "Mrs. Fred".....

3/9 - Even though the Washington Post had a Paul Farhi-authored piece on its website yesterday afternoon, I could not find anything in my print Washington Post this morning on that NPR exec who slammed conservatives in a sting from a bunch of righty activists posing as represenatives of a Muslim education fund. The Post's web piece attracted more than 600 comments as of early Wednesday, but the Huffington Post's piece had more than 3,700. You've got to wonder if the Post is missing the boat on a number of media stories lately. Why not put the NPR sting story in the print paper? And, why, last week, so little coverage - two sentences in a gossip column - about the stormy resignation of the morning host of a major DC radio station, WMAL, after allegations of pressure from Islamic groups. On Tony Kornheiser's WTEM radio show earlier this week, a discussion about corruption charges regarding DC's mayor soon turned to the topic of why so many DC political stories are now broken by City Paper and other local media outlets that are not the Washington Post. Maybe something for that new Post ombudsman to ponder. Update: I'm told that the print Post did run the NPR piece on page A2 in later Wednesday editions, but not in the edition delivered to western Fairfax County.....

3/8 - Goldy, once heard on the old oldies WBIG, is heading back to DC to do a fundraiser for public TV outlet Channel 26/WETA. Where he'll be reunited with another local radio veteran, Candy Shannon of the old WKYS. Jeff "Goldy" Gold regularly hosted rock, pop, and soul music oldies fundraisers for both WETA and Maryland Public Television from 1993 to 2005, when he left for a radio gig in North Carolina after WBIG fired its oldies airstaff in 2004. Check him out Wednesday at 8 PM on WETA.....

3/7 - DCRTV hears that meteorologist and Winchester native Lauryn Ricketts has left TV3 in Winchester, the North Shenandoah Valley news venture of Harrisonburg's Channel 3/WHSV. She signed off after the TV3 11 PM newscast on Friday, we're told. She's headed back to DC to take an off-camera weather producer position with Channel 5/WTTG. Ricketts worked at WTTG before joining TV3 in 2007.....

3/7 - We get confirmation that executive producer Malissa Reyes is packing up her office Monday morning at Allbritton's NewsChannel 8, also known as TBD-TV. A source tells DCRTV that Reyes is leaving, but a rumor we're hearing about the ouster of NC8 VP of news Steve Chaggaris is being denied. He's still there, we're told.....

3/6 - DCRTV hears that Jon Leiberman has left his correspondent's gig at the DC-based "America's Most Wanted," which is seen on Fox. And he's started his own media content company and hosts his own radio show, "TruFacts With Jon Leiberman" at CyberStationUSA.com. He also does investigative work for Track180.com. You may recall that the then Channel 45/WBFF reporter got fired by station owner Sinclair in 2004 after he publicly questioned the company's decision to air a program critical of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's role in the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War. Leiberman claimed the program was "biased political propaganda".....

3/5 - Midday Saturday, DCRTV received the following statement from WMAL's President/General Manager Jeff Boden: "WMAL did not terminate Fred Grandy's employment, and never had any intention to do so. Fred informed us on March 2 of his intention to resign from the station. To be clear, at no time has WMAL told Fred that he was not allowed to discuss his views on Islam over the air. In fact, he has done so on numerous occasions. Further, WMAL has not been contacted by any organization seeking to restrict his broadcasts. Bryan Nehman continues to anchor our morning program and in the interim will be joined by several notable guest hosts and regular contributors. WMAL remains committed to its goal of providing a forum for discussing a broad spectrum of issues while delivering compelling programming including Chris Plante, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin. I wish Fred success in his future endeavors".....

3/3 - The freebie weekly tabloid Washington City Paper unveils a complete redesign and a new logo (right). Details at washingtoncitypaper.com.....

3/3 - Yesterday, DCRTV reported rumblings that Jason Kidd, heard on Baltimore's Mix 106.5, may soon be working at one of CBS Radio's sister stations in the DC market. Now, we hear that he'll be doing assistant program director duties at urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5.....

3/3 - A number of right-wing blogs, like this one at pajamasmedia.com, are touting conspiracy theories regarding the departure of morning man Fred Grandy from Citadel news talker WMAL (630 AM), a story that DCRTV broke yesterday. Some are claiming that pressure from Islamic groups is responsible for Grandy leaving, and some are calling for listeners to turn off WMAL, call the station to protest, and boycott the station's advertisers. Sources tell DCRTV that influence from groups like the DC-based Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has complained about WMAL's conservative talk programming in the past, was not directly responsbile for Grandy's departure, and that he had wanted out of his WMAL contract since last year. However, a group calling itself the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force, which campaigns against fundamentalist Islamic law - a frequent topic on Grandy's show - is planning a demonstration outside WMAL's Jenifer Street studios on March 9. The group claims that WMAL management requested that Grandy "tone down" his talk about Islam, and demanded that he no longer have his wife, "Mrs. Fred," an anti-Shariah Law campaigner, on his show. VASTF also claims that the Grandys refused WMAL management's requests, resulting in them being kicked off the air.....

3/3 - "If you drive too far out of DC you won't hear me," jested Mark Levin on WMAL's "Grandy Group" without Fred Grandy this morning. Obviously a crack about WMAL's 630 AM signal, which has difficulty making it to Loudoun County after sunset. Levin does his national evening radio show from a studio in his Loudoun home.....

3/2 - DCRTV tipped you late last year about rumblings that the Washington Times was planning to resurrect its sports department. Now, we're hearing that the re-launch of the paper's Sports section is slated for March 21. The Times axed its coverage of local news, sports, and entertainment in late 2009, following a massive personnel cutback. More as we hear it.....

3/2 - WMAL (630 AM) morning man Fred Grandy (right) made an announcement at the end of his Wednesday show saying that he could no longer discuss "radical Islam" topics on the air, a frequent focus of his show, especially when his wife, "Mrs. Fred," appears on Fridays. DCRTV hears that there's a "big meeting" this morning at the Citadel talker regarding Fred's future at the station. Could this be Fred's ploy to get himself yanked off the air? DCRTV has reported rumors that Fred wants to leave WMAL to run for Republican elected office in Iowa. He used to be a Congressman from that state. DCRTV had reported a rumbling in late 2010 that Fred wanted to leave WMAL by April 2011. More: A source confirms to DCRTV that Fred wants out of his WMAL contract, but that he has no plans to run again for public office. More as we hear it.....

3/2 - Bill Lord, station manager at Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA, is preparing for the re-launch of WJLA.com, after it was replaced by TBD.com last summer. He says that everyone employed in the company's news operations - TV, cable, and web - must contribute to web content. "That means reporters will feed back information, photographers will feed back video as soon as possible, everyone will feed back cell phone video or stills," he says in a staff memo. "During the course of the news day each story we cover must be updated regularly so web content can be refreshed. No content will be withheld from the web." Lord adds that the return of WJLA.com is still several weeks away. Local news site TBD recently saw big staff cuts, with plans to soon flip it to an entertainment news focus.....

3/1 - More rumblings today that a top Citadel Mix 107.3er is jumping to CBS's 94.7 Fresh FM, following in the footsteps of Tommy McFly last year. Even though some local media gurus strongly deny it, all signs continue to point to Rob Carson, the 107.3 afternoon man who has longed for a local morning radio gig. And 94.7 is actively searching for a morning personality. Both 107.3 and 94.7 aim for young female demos. More as we hear it.....

2/28 - DCRTV told you Friday that Bruce Cunningham resigned from his midday show on Baltimore sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM. Now, baltimoresun.com tells us about some line-up tweaking at the CBS-owned station. The morning show with Ed Norris and Steve Davis gets extended an hour, and will now air from 5:30 AM to 10 AM. Mark Viviano and Damon "Bulldog" Yaffe now run from 10 AM to 1 PM, with Cunningham's replacement, Bob Haynie, now occupying the 1 PM to 3 PM slot. No longer simulcasted on MASN, the afternoon drive show with Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn starts an hour later at 3 PM, with Ken Weinman at 7 PM, and Michael Popovec at 11 PM.....

2/28 - Tommy Griffiths, morning man at Clear Channel's classic hits WBIG, 100.3 FM, will also be heard during mornings on Clear Channel's oldies Magic 105.3, WVMA, in the Norfolk area. He'll be starting on WVMA tomorrow, March 1. Will it be a simulcast of his WBIG show or a voicetracking remote gig? Griffiths, a Norfolk radio veteran who spent many years on rocker WNOR, was hired by WBIG last year after it jettisoned Jon Ballard.....

2/25 - DCRTV hears that Bruce Cunningham (left), who hosts middays at Baltimore sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, announced that today is his last weekday show at the CBS-owned station. Bob Haynie will take over the slot, starting Monday. Cunningham says that he'll be doing a noon to 3 PM Saturday show for 105.7, starting March 19th. "I just can't keep up the grind anymore," Cunningham told his listeners today. He will continue doing weeknightly sportscasts for Channel 45/WBFF.....

2/25 - DCRTV hears that another Mix 107.3er could be jumping from the Citadel hot adult contemporary station to CBS's like-formatted 94.7 Fresh FM. Late last year, Tommy McFly made the jump from 107.3's evenings to 94.7's afternoons. So, who'll be next? Stay tuned.....

2/24 - Look, as I've said before, TBD was a terrible name. Allbritton should have kept the WJLA.com website and branded the new local news site as "WJLA Local" and made it available at wjla.com/local - not the silly TBD.com. Heck, Allbritton should have long ago extended the JLA brand to its low rated NewsChannel 8, which was mistakenly renamed TBD-TV. How about "JLA News 8." The WJLA brand was a quarter-century old. It should not have been dismissed with the new site's launch. Allbritton's idea to launch a hyperlocal, blog-connected service remains a good one. But it should have been included within the "WJLA" brand and it should have been ramped-up slowly, with a gradual hiring of staff. Last summer, the suits at Allbritton were more interested in a big press splash regarding the launch of their new local news site, when they should have been quietly developing a solid plan for its growth.....

2/23 - The bad news keeps coming for the Washington Post. Its parent Washington Post Company reports a lower quarterly profit because of falling advertising revenue at its flagship newspaper. The Post's daily circulation fell 7.5 percent in 2010, averaging 550,900 newspapers a day, with Sunday circulation down 8.2 percent. While print advertising revenue fell 12 percent during the year. The WaPoCo's TV station division was a bright spot for the DC-based company, reporting a revenue spike from 2010's political advertising. But the company's usually buoyant Kaplan education division suffered from declining enrollment due to its questionable marketing tactics.....

2/22 - Some radio intrigue down Fredericksburg way. DCRTV hears that Geoff Moore, who, last year, was moved from his morning pairing with Jessica Cash at country WFLS (93.3 FM) to Free Lance-Star sister classic rocker WWUZ (96.9 FM), might be coming back to FLS. We're told that the country station's morning ratings have dropped since he got transferred. There are even several Facebook campaigns up to get Moore back on FLS. More as we hear it.....

2/22 - DCRTV hears that Nassau's hot adult contemporary Key 103, WAFY, in Frederick has a new morning show, which started Monday. It's now "The Stace And Tommy Show." Stace, aka Stacy Lyn Moore, stays and is joined by Tommy Jordan from Nassau's hot adult contemporary WPST in the Trenton-Philadelphia area. Rona, who used to be paired with Stace, is now doing middays on Frederick's 103.1.....

2/18 - DCRTV hears that it's official: Sunni (left) is the new midday personality on CBS Radio's urban contemporary WPGC (95.5 FM). Earlier this week we told you that the former slow jam night jock at Detroit's WJLB was heard doing the midday shift on PGC following the contract non-renewal of Anji Corley.....

2/18 - Some more news from CBS Radio DC's Lanham HQ. Greg Edger exits as program manager of the Big Talker, WHFS-AM, 1580.....

2/17 - DCRTV hears that BET veteran Danella is the latest personality to exit CBS Radio's urban contemporary WPGC (95.5 FM). She's provided gossip and entertainment news during the morning show with Big Tigger.....

2/15 - ESPN superstar Tony Kornheiser (right) revealed on-air today that he was missing from his 10 AM to noon radio show on ESPN 980, WTEM, Friday because he was in Montgomery County traffic court. He'd recently been ticketed for passing a stopped school bus, with its warning lights flashing, on Rockville Pike. On his Tuesday show, Kornheiser admitted guilt, but he said that he thought the bus was simply parked on the side of the road, several lanes away from his vehicle, in the rain. He added that, due to the possible large fine and hefty points, he decided to fight the charge in traffic court. While he didn't reveal the exact outcome, he did say that the judge reduced his penalties. More: A DCRTVer checked the court records and found that Kornheiser's $570 fine was reduced to $140.....

2/15 - DCRTV hears that longtime Washington Post sports columnist Leonard Shapiro is joining Comcast SportsNet, where he will serve as a contributor to CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com. Shapiro recently retired from the Washington Post, where he served as a sports reporter, editor, and columnist. "Len is an institution with a loyal following because of his unique gift for telling stories with passion, insight and color," said Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Senior Vice President/General Manager Rebecca Schulte. "He is part of the region's sports culture and a significant addition to our expanding team of leading reporters, analysts and insiders serving Washington and Baltimore sports fans".....

2/14 - Danielle Nottingham, weekend morning news anchor at Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV, is leaving the NBC affiliate to relocate in the DC area, where she has family. Might she end up on a station here? Stay tuned.....

2/14 - Tom Taylor, in his Monday TRI radio biz newsletter, tells us that Steve Kingston, who owns Annapolis adult alternative rocker WRNR-FM (103.1), is now simulcasting the station on his newly-purchased WSJF in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. In fact, WRNR is now even running a formal ID that includes WSJF, DCRTV hears. Kingston, his wife Patty Steele, and Don Cavaleri are partners in buying WSJF. They say they plan to eventually put local programming on the station, with the WRNR relay being temporary.....

2/14 - DCRTV hears that Sunni, the former slow jam night jock at Detroit's WJLB, is doing the midday shift today on CBS's urban contemporary WPGC (95.5 FM). A permanent hire or just a tryout? DCRTV told you last week that now former PGC middayer Anji Corley's contract was not renewed.....

2/12 - DCRTV tipped you that a correction to a correction was in order. And now the Washington Post officially corrects a Thursday correction in its Saturday edition: "A February 10 correction, concerning a Mike Wise column in the February 7 Sports section, misspelled the last name of Green Bay Packers' quarterback in Super Bowl XLV. He is Aaron Rodgers, not Rogers. It also incorrectly located his home town, Chico, California, which is northeast of San Francisco, not northwest".....

2/11 - A source tells DCRTV that Clear Channel is making some ad sales management cuts in its DC-Baltimore mega-cluster. Market Manager Hartley Adkins has axed a comptroller, an accounts payable manager, and a national sales manager, we hear. We're also told that Clear Channel will hike its radio ad rates in the Baltimore market by 10 percent to help company cash flow. "Not great news for local advertisers," our source says. Locally, Clear Channel owns DC101, Hot 99.5, WBIG, WMZQ, WASH, WPOC, WQSR, Z104.3, and WCAO.....

2/11 - Comcast flipped many of its DC and Baltimore area cable TV systems to all-digital, with the addition of a batch of high-def channels, in late 2009 and early 2010. And now it's finally getting around to making the Xfinity upgrade at its Arlington system. ARLnow.com has more.....

2/10 - A correction in Thursday's Washington Post: "The Mike Wise column in the February 7 Sports section incorrectly said that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers grew up in California's Bay Area. Rogers is from Chico, California, about 160 miles northwest of San Francisco." Ah, if you look on a map you'll see that Chico is about 160 miles northeast (!) of San Francisco. Also, it's "Rodgers" not "Rogers." Oh, Wise also hosts the midday show on WJFK.....

2/10 - For weeks, DCRTV has tipped you that the Washington Nationals may end up on CBS Radio's WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. Now, the Nats Insider blog confirms that the Nationals are finalizing a contract that would allow them to move their flagship radio station to sports talk WJFK, 106.7 FM, while keeping games on the baseball team's previous flagship, Bonneville's federal news talker WFED, 1500/820 AM, as an affiliate station. "The new radio contract is awaiting final approval by Nats ownership, but the sides already have an oral agreement in place and staffers at the affected stations have been notified of the pending change," Mark Zuckerman reports. WJFK's signal is strongest in Northern Virginia, while WFED is a powerhouse in DC and its Maryland suburbs.....

2/9 - DCRTV hears that Clear Channel is moving the Sports Animal sports talk format from 95.9 FM in the Salisbury MD area to 960 AM, with rhythmic contemporary Kiss jumping from 105.5 FM to 95.9 FM. We've already told you that Clear Channel has sold the Eastern Shore 105.5 FM and 92.1 FM signals, which will soon adopt the Christian contemporary K-Love format.....

2/9 - A DCRTVer tells us that WPGC (95.5 FM) midday jock Anji Corley was missing from air today. She's also been removed from the CBS urban contemporary station's website. Is she gone? More: DCRTV gets confirmation that Corley is indeed out. Contract not renewed.....

2/9 - The Baltimore Sun confirms what DCRTVers have noticed, that the Peter Angelos-owned Mid-Atlantic Sports Network has pulled its TV simulcast of Scott Garceau's (left) afternoon radio show, which airs on CBS-owned 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM. That comes at the same time that Angelos's Orioles end their flagship station relationship with WJZ-FM, in favor of Hearst's WBAL-AM (see yesterday's DCRTV newsblurb). On its website, MASN says that it will be making "significant changes" to its afternoon line-up in the upcoming weeks. The Sun's Dan Connolly reports that a source said that while the timing coincided with the Orioles' switch in flagship stations, the decision to end the simulcast was not related to the deal and had been discussed for months. MASN will still simulcast John Riggins' afternoon radio show, which airs on a digital subchannel of DC's WTOP.....

2/8 - DCRTV touches base with John McCaslin (right), the host of the old Washington Times morning radio show, "America's Morning News," and he tells us more about the show syndicator's big plans for America's Radio News Network, a DC-based growing schedule of political radio talk and news shows. McCaslin, a former Washington Times columnist, not only hosts "AMN," but has the title of executive vice president of the new TRN network. He tells DCRTV that, while the Washington Times is still a news and content provider for the "AMN" program, which used to be housed at the Times building in northeast DC, the new network has no connection to the DC newspaper. Now being done from studios in Alexandria, "AMN" features co-host Amy Holmes and can be heard on 125 stations, including WTNT, 730 AM, in the DC area, and via its Warrenton relay on 1250 AM. WTNT is also carrying programming from the new ARNN, including the Lori Lundin and Chris Salcedo program from noon to 3 PM. More at americasradionewsnetwork.com.....

2/7 - A source tells DCRTV that new sports editor for the relaunch of the Washington Times sports section is Mike Harris, former sports editor at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and currently an editor at AOL Fanhouse. Marc Lancaster, former baseball writer for the Cincinnati Post and Tampa Tribune, also a baseball editor at AOL Fanhouse, will be the paper's assistant sports editor. Longtime DC sports journalist and content developer Dennis Tuttle, a former Times assistant sports editor and news editor, was a finalist for the job, we heard. The sports section relaunch is expected around March 1, with a staff of about 10. Hiring is underway and advanced, we're told.....

2/7 - I ranted about it on January 20th. Now, today's Washington Post corrects Paul Farhi's piece about Hubbard's purchase of all-newser WTOP: "A January 20 Style article about the sale of WTOP and other radio stations owned by Bonneville International incorrectly said that WWWT and WTLP are AM stations. They are FM stations." Both stations, the Warrenton area's 107.7 FM and the Frederick area's 103.9 FM, respectively, relay WTOP, which airs on 103.5 FM.....

2/6 - Is Joe Beninati leaving Comcast SportsNet and the Washington Capitals? Apparently not, despite a batch of weekend rumors. But he will no longer be doing work for Comcast/NBC-owned sports network Versus. However, Beninati will stay on as the Capitals' announcer, the Half Smokes blog at dc.sbnation.com tells us. Beninati hinted about a "major announcement" regarding his broadcasting career within the next week. The vague statement came unsolicited by WJFK radio hosts Parker and Parker Sunday morning. Beninati indicated that his "bad" announcement was the result of the recent Comcast/NBC merger.....

2/2 - He's baaack! Maybe. A source tells DCRTV that a figure that looked a lot like DC radio veteran Bennett Zier (right) was seen in the vicinity of the Red Zebra offices last week. You'll recall that Zier helped Redskins owner Dan Snyder start his Red Zebra radio arm - and then up and left before Snyder bought 980. Zier wanted to call it Blue Zebra after his initials, but red was a much more Redskins-friendly color. We're told that Zier may have been interviewing for the operations manager job now that Dennis Glasgow is Portland, Oregon-bound. Stay tuned.....

2/1 - A DCRTVer tells us that the Washington Examiner is reporting today in its print edition that longtime WTOP morning traffic reporter Lisa Baden may soon be heard again on the DC radio dial - possibly at Christian talker WAVA (105.1 FM). As DCRTV has told you, Baden, an employee of Metro Traffic, is no longer heard on WTOP now that the all-newser has dropped Metro and taken its traffic reporting in-house. The Examiner article says that Baden is signed to Metro until July 2012 and that the firm is not planning to let out of her contract before then - shooting down any rumors of her return to WTOP any time soon.....

2/1 - Former Baltimore Sun sports writer and editor Ray Frager joins Comcast SportsNet, where he'll be managing editor for the Bethesda-based regional sports network's digital media portfolio, including its CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com websites. He will also lead the continued expansion of CSN's social media and mobile efforts. Most recently, Frager worked at FoxSports.com, where he was a web content producer and editor. Prior to that, he spent more than 24 years with the Sun as assistant sports editor and sports copy desk chief.....

2/1 - Dennis Glasgow, who'd been vice president and director of operations for Dan Snyder's Red Zebra radio arm, heads to Portland OR to be program director at talker KPAM and adult standards KKAD. Red Zebra owns DC sports talkers WTEM, aka ESPN 980, and WSPZ.....

1/31 - Baltimore news talker WBAL (1090 AM) replaces Dr. Dean Edell, who is ending his radio show, for Doug McIntyre's "Red Eye Radio" in the 1 AM overnight slot starting tonight. Health topic-based Edell is ending his 30-year radio career to spend more time with his family. Edell's health news updates will still be heard on WBAL's morning newscast.....

1/31 - The Washington Business Journal reports that Allbritton Communications is expanding its office space along the Potomac River in Arlington's Rosslyn neighborhood and has signed a lease with landlord Monday Properties for an additional 16,000 square feet at 1000 and 1100 Wilson Blvd. The lease expands Allbritton's space to more than 100,000 square feet for its corporate offices and affiliates Politico, TBD, Channel 7/WJLA, and NewsChannel 8/TBD-TV. Allbritton has added more than 50 workers over the past year for positions at WJLA, the launch of online local news venture TBD, and the February debut of Politico Pro, a subscription news service covering health care, technology and energy. The company will hire a total of 100 employees to fill the new space.

1/30 - Pacifica's WPFW (89.3 FM) has been having some transmitter troubles due to those Pepco power outages since last Wednesday's storm, according to a notice it posted in its website at wpfw.org. The Adams Morgan-studioed station was back on the air Sunday.....

1/30 - I found the Saturday Washington Post on my doorstep on Saturday morning. It included the Saturday main sections, the weekend bag of circulars, and TV Week. But I didn't get the Sunday sections that are now supposed to be delivered on Saturday, including Arts, Travel, Sunday Style, KidsPost, and Comics. Weren't we supposed to be getting those Sunday sections on Saturday now? Maybe someone at the Post should tell my home delivery guy. So what? Should I wait to get those Sunday on Saturday sections delivered on Sunday before I complain? Man. This is confusing. Update: I did get my Sunday sections that were supposed to be delivered on Saturday delivered on Sunday. Whatever.....

1/28 - DCRTV hears that Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, aka ESPN 980, and Westwood One have agreed on a multi-year deal that will put the NCAA "Final Four" college basketball games for the next two seasons and the next season of NFL football on ESPN 980. "It's a dagger for (CBS-owned sports talk rival) WJFK because Westwood is owned by CBS and they didn't win the rights from their own sister company," a local radio guru tells DCRTV.....

1/28 - Channel 4/WRC, Channel 5/WTTG, and Channel 9/WUSA were doing live breaking news coverage late Friday morning of a bank robbery/hostage situation in Takoma Park. The female hostage, who struggled with the robber in the parking lot (right), was rescued safely and the bank robber was shot and killed.....

1/27 - Former DC radio personality Don Geronimo adds "regular" duties at "Good Morning Sacramento" at the California capital's KMAX-TV, a CW affiliate. He starts February 14th. Geronimo also does a midday show for Sacramento sports talk KHTK radio. Both stations are owned by CBS. Geronimo spent three decades on the DC radio dial at WPGC, WAVA, and at WJFK, where he left his "Don And Mike Show" co-hosting duties in 2008.....

1/27 - Whoops. The Washington Examiner didn't manage to get the big late Wednesday snowfall into its Thursday edition. Editor Stephen Smith tells a local blogger that the freebie tabloid moved up its Wednesday news deadline by two hours in order that many of its staffers could make it home before the bad weather hit - and ultimately causing the paper to miss the big story, which resulted in thousands of area motorists abandoning their vehicles on snow-chocked roads and leaving 500,000 area homes without power. To make matters worse, the Thursday edition of the Examiner is only one of two weekly editions that get home-delivered, with a total press run of 280,000.....

1/27 - Bob Marbourg, the afternoon drive traffic reporter for all-news WTOP, was still on the job giving "traffic on the '8s" in the 3 AM hour early Thursday. Reporting on hellish 10-plus hour Wednesday commutes for drivers stuck on snowy DC area highways. Marbourg's last traffic report was at 3:59 AM, about 12 hours after his first one of the day. Metro Traffic's Julie Wright, who is seen in mornings on Channel 5/WTTG, says that some drivers remained stuck on the George Washington Parkway early Thursday morning, still doing their Wednesday evening commutes homeward.....

1/27 - Ever hear the story about "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." In short, he falsely claimed that a wolf was coming after him so many times that, when one actually did, no one came to his aid. I think local TV and media weather folks should take heed of this story. So far this wintry season, their storm hype didn't match the weather events. They'd predict a huge storm in December, and little happened. And again in early January. But in late January, when they did scream snow again, a lot of people didn't pay attention. They're the ones who got stuck in their cars last night/early this morning in the gridlock from a fast moving storm that dumped up to 10-inches of heavy wet snow in three or four hours. This time, the local weather guys and gals were right on the mark with their storm warnings. But it's clear that they've got a serious credibility problem that needs fixing. Granted, predicting the weather is not an exact science and local weather folks do make honest errors. But local TV news directors and station managers should maybe use a little more caution when hyping bad weather for ratings. The moral of the story: If you do it too often when the weather isn't that bad, too many viewers, readers, and listeners won't believe you when it is. Like yesterday.....

1/25 - Tom Taylor, via his TRI radio biz newsletter, tells us that Aberdeen, Maryland's "$1 station" is reported back on the air, simulcasting Salem's Christian teaching WAVA-FM out of the DC area. Bill Parris bought WAMD (970 AM) from Salem for a buck, after Salem re-engineered the north-of-Baltimore station to improve its New York-market WNYM, Hackensack, also at 970. But what does Parris plan to do with WAMD on a permanent basis? DCRTV has posted Mailbag speculation that Parris will put his KHZ eclectic pop music format, which currently airs on Annapolis's WYRE (810 AM), on WAMD.....

1/24 - WKYS (93.9 FM) veteran EZ Street starts a new talk show on Radio One sister urban talker WOL (1450 AM). Starting February 27 and it'll be called "Trending With EZ." He'll still be heard afternoons on urban contemporary KYS.....

1/24 - Adweek tells us that Allbritton has quietly negotiated a new carriage deal with area cable giant Comcast. The agreement includes continued carriage for Channel 7/WJLA and the local cable-only TBD-TV/NewsChannel 8 channel, as well as Allbritton's TV stations in other markets. DC HQed Allbritton was a vehement opponent of Comcast's recently approved merger with NBC. Allbritton feared that Comcast, responsible for about 60 percent of NewsChannel 8's distribution, could drive it off the air by charging too much to carry the channel and favoring its own Comcast-NBC content, such as the new Nonstop lifestyle news and features channel, which is produced by NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC.....

1/24 - Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic hires Nats Insider blogger Mark Zuckerman and Real Redskins blogger Rich Tandler as fulltime writers and bloggers for its CSNwashington.com website. Both the Nats Insider and Real Redskins blogs will now be part of CSN's website, and both writers will maintain full editorial control. Former Washington Times sports reporter Zuckerman, who has been contributing to CSNwashington.com on a freelance basis since last March, will serve as CSNWashington.com's primary Nationals reporter and will also contribute to coverage of the Capitals. Tandler, who has been freelancing for CSNwashington.com for more than a year, will cover the Redskins fulltime.....

1/24 - Righty political commentator Tucker Carlson (left), doing a live phoner on WMAL Monday morning, commented on the media departure of his media nemesis. The DC-based owner of the Daily Caller website actually praised Keith Olbermann (right) for having the highest-rated show on MSNBC and taking the NBC news channel to second place among the cable newsers. While he said that Olbermann was "cruel" to his co-workers, including himself in his MSNBC days, and always had a stormy relationship with the network's management, Carlson admitted that he doesn't believe that new NBC owner Comcast had any part to play in Olbermann's highly publicized exit late Friday. Carlson pointed out that Comcast is not a right-leaning company judging from all the concessions that it gave to lefty Al Sharpton to win his approval for its NBC merger deal. Carlson said he thinks Olbermann will eventually start a left-leaning political news website.....

1/23 - When many Washington Post reporters, including tech guru Rob Pegoraro, write about Facebook, they always drop in a line to admit a potential conflict of interest about their reporting - that Washington Post Company Chairman Donald Graham sits on Facebook's board of directors. However, when Pegoraro and other Post reporters write about Comcast, we never get any kind of conflict of interest disclaimer. Locally, the Washington Post partners with Comcast SportsNet for a number of local sports TV shows (including "Washington Post Live" at 5 PM weeknights) and Comcast is a major advertiser in the newspaper. Also, the Washington Post Company has a carriage deal with Comcast for its batch of TV stations (none in the DC area), and carries Comcast-owned networks (Versus, G4, Style, Golf Channel, etc.) on all of the cable TV systems it owns (again, none in the DC area). The Post and its parent company have a number of behind-the-scenes business connections to Comcast that Post readers should be reminded of more frequently in the Post's reporting about the local cable TV giant. Something that the Post's PR-ish ombudsman should take a gander at.....

1/20 - One of the changes with the new Hubbard ownership of WTOP could be the arrival of lottery, gambling, and beer ads on the all-newser. According to Tom Taylor, via his Thursday TRI radio biz newsletter, Bonneville has a policy about not taking buys from state lotteries and gambling casinos. Or alcohol products. The company's parent LDS Church strictures about booze and gaming won't apply to these stations, once they leave Bonneville. The new Hubbard Radio can set a different course - and take Maryland Lottery buys on WTOP, for instance. And, DCRTV wonders, how about those Charles Town Racing And Slots ads, which air on Citadel rival WMAL.....

1/20 - A couple of silly little errors in Paul Farhi's Washington Post piece on yesterday's big news about Bonneville's sale of WTOP to Hubbard, which DCRTV reported about an hour before it appeared on washingtonpost.com. Writes Farhi: "In addition to WTOP, Hubbard will also acquire Washington's WFED (1500 AM), which broadcasts news about government workers and federal contracting, and four other local stations. Two of the other stations (WWWT and WTLP, both AM) simulcast WTOP's programming. Another (WWFD-AM) repeats WFED's signal. The sixth, WBHQ-AM, is leased to a Spanish-language broadcaster." The corrections: The WWWT and WTLP relays of WTOP are both FM (not AM) stations - 107.7 and 103.9. And, the sixth DC area station Bonneville is selling is WBQH not WBHQ. Can't really blame Farhi for that last one since some of the press releases about the sale even got that wrong. WBHQ is a station in Beverly Beach, Florida.....

1/19 - A DCRTVer tells us that the Washington Times is seeking "an experienced, versatile, and creative editor to oversee the relaunch of its sports coverage," via an ad on an internet job site. So, it looks like the new management of the scaled-back rag plans to reinstate a sports section, after eliminating it along with its entertainment and local news coverage in late 2009.....

1/19 - With the FCC's approval of the Comcast-NBC merger yesterday, one of the big local questions is whether the new firm will merge the sports department at NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC with the staff of Comcast's Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Comcast already owns a batch of sports networks, like Versus and the Golf Channel, along with its family of regional Comcast sports networks across the country, giving NBC more of a sports media stable, joining its batch of news and entertainment cable channels like MSNBC, CNBC, SyFy, and Bravo. Via the merger, NBC even gets a stake in the sports teams that Comcast owns, including Philadelphia's Flyers and 76ers. "The new deal makes Comcast-NBC a solid bidder for future the Olympics as they now have the deep pockets to bid against ESPN and Fox," writes Jim Williams at washingtonexaminer.com. "This will also put Comcast-NBC in the game for a possible return to the NBA, Major League Baseball, or any other big event that they would choose to bid on."

1/19 - Yesterday, DCRTV told you that Fred Thompson said he'd be ending his radio show. Now, we hear more. The former senator began his Westwood One Radio program at DC studios, but moved to a home studio later. He's being replaced in the noon to 3 PM slot as of Monday by movie producer and talent manager Doug Urbanski, who's filled in for Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, and other hosts, and who plays former Harvard President Larry Summers in the new movie "The Social Network".....

1/18 - DCRTV first tipped you late last year. And now hear that former Senator Fred Thompson announced on-the-air today that his contract expires Friday and he is leaving his DC-based radio show. More soon.....

1/17 - A correction in Monday's Washington Post: "A January 16 correction misspelled the name of Washington's National Hockey League team. It is the Capitals, not the Capitols".....

1/17 - DCRTV hears that Channel 9/ WUSA news anchor Bruce Johnson's book, "Heart To Heart," is going to be translated and published in China by one of that country's leading publishers of medical and self-help books. In the book, Johnson (left) gives an emotional account of his on-the-job heart attack and recovery, which included his training for and completion of the Marine Corps Marathon. He also profiles 11 survivors.....

1/17 - The Washington Post reports that American University news talker WAMU (88.5 FM) says it will end its connection with Capitol News Connection, a program supplier associated with the wife of one of the station's top managers. CNC was founded and managed by Melinda Wittstock, the wife of Mark McDonald, WAMU's program director. In an interview with the Post in September, McDonald said the station was aware of the relationship and that he had recused himself from any decisions involving CNC, which supplies "Power Breakfast" and "This Week In Congress." Reports Paul Farhi: "The unusual arrangement, which WAMU paid for with funds raised through listener donations and other contributions, boosted CNC by giving its programs a prominent spot on one of the largest and most popular public stations in the country." DCRTV hears from a CNC source who tells us that Farhi insinuates that CNC was built on the back of WAMU. "This is categorically false. WAMU joined much later." CNC has 40 other public radio affiliates, along with Channel 4/WRC, where it does a "Power Breakfast" segment. Also, negotiations continue to get CNC's programming on another DC radio station, we're told.....

1/16 - The Washington Post is planning a batch of changes to its weekend print editions, starting next weekend. Sunday's Style And Arts section will be split into two revamped sections - a Sunday Style popular culture section and an Arts theater, music, and museums section - which will be delivered to most subscribers on Saturday. The Travel section will also now be delivered on Saturday, along with the Washington Post Magazine. A new Kids Post section will be added to Sunday's edition, along with Comics, but many subscribers will get those delivered on Saturday. The Post is also expanding its Sunday Business section, which will actually be delivered on Sunday, and will be combining the Saturday Where We Live section into a revamped Real Estate section.....

1/15 - Earlier this week, DCRTV told you that Vasco Bramao left his gig as general ad sales manager with CBS/DC's 94.7 Fresh FM. Now, we're hearing that his replacement could be Jonnell White, who recently left her general sales manager gig with Radio One/Baltimore's WERQ, 92Q. White used to work in ad sales for CBS/DC's WPGC and the old WHFS. More as we hear it.....

1/14 - Yes, that is former Channel 7/WJLA news anchor and reporter Elliott Francis playing "Damon Warner" (right) anchoring an Onion News Network video parody report about the "upcoming death" of Beatle Paul McCartney. At YouTube. Since getting cut from WJLA in 2009, Francis has been doing reporting work for public radio news talker WAMU (88.5 FM).....

1/14 - DC radio legend Donnie Simpson reveals via his Facebook page that he just had carpal tunnel surgery on his left hand for severe pain he's been suffering from for two years. "My wife says I'm crazy to have waited (to have the surgery), but I had to make sure the golf season was over," he writes. Still no word about Simpson's radio or TV plans since getting forced off of WPGC's airwaves about a year ago.....

1/13 - DCRTV hears that Vasco Bramao today resigned his job as general ad sales manager for CBS's 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD. For "franchise opportunities," we're told. More soon.....

1/13 - So what's up next for former longtime Washington Post sports columnist Len Shapiro, who just penned his last piece for the paper? DCRTV hears that he'll be teaching a class in sports journalism at the University Of Wisconsin this semester, via a three-hour Monday session. Along with a batch of freelance work, including an NFL column for the Miami Herald through the Super Bowl. Plus, he'll continue his work for GlobalGolfPost.com, which is devoted to professional and amateur golf around the world. "I would love to keep doing a sports media column, and I'm looking into that possibility, as well," Shapiro tells DCRTV.....

1/11 - DCRTV is hearing rumblings floating around about a plan for Nationals coverage that keeps the team on Bonneville's WFED but signs CBS's Fairfax-studioed and Manassas-licensed WJFK as an affiliate. Federal news talker WFED features two AM signals, Wheaton's 1500 and Frederick's 820, that cover the core of the DC metro, the northeastern and northwestern suburbs, and the Frederick area just fine. But the two signals don't provide all that great coverage, especially at night, to much of Northern Virginia. But that's where sports talker WJFK's 106.7 FM signal blankets, all the way down to Harrisonburg and Fredericksburg, via its tower in Merrifield. WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, would get access to Nationals programs, players, and management via the affiliation deal. It seems that Bonneville, which also owns all-newser WTOP, has no problem with sharing the Nats in the DC market, but it remains to be seen if CBS's suit are up for such a deal. If it does happen, the winners would definitely be Nationals fans in the DC area, which would be able to hear their hometown baseball team clearly throughout the region - day or night. Stay tuned.....

1/7 - From Nats Insider: FP Santangelo, a former big-league utilityman who worked as a fill-in broadcaster for the Giants last season, has been chosen as the Nationals' new game analyst on MASN. Neither the club nor the network has announced the hiring yet, but two sources familiar with the decision confirmed Santangelo was selected out of a sizable group of ex-players who applied for the job that became available after Rob Dibble was fired in September. Santangelo, who will serve as analyst alongside play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter, assumes the job previously held by Dibble, who lost his job after making critical comments about Stephen Strasburg on his satellite radio show. Ray Knight, who filled in for the rest of the season, is expected to return to his original duties as pre- and post-game analyst alongside host Johnny Holliday.....

1/7 - There's a dark heart of evil beating at the core of Silver Spring's Discovery Communications. It takes really cool channels and dilutes them, turning them into the dumbed-down pablum that caters primarily to advertisers. You know, the Discovery Channel is no longer cool documentaries like it once was. TLC is no longer "The Learning Channel" and instead has become a platform for crazed psychopaths like Kate Gosselin. Discovery's once-cool Planet Green no longer features the environmentally-focused programming it launched with, and simply recycles the lowest common denominator crap from other Discovery channels. Now, Discovery has turned its focus of ruin to the Science Channel, once a place for cool, intelligent programming, everything from space and rockets to DNA and bio-engineering. Today, it's endless reruns of shows where things blow up, or silly farces like where a team of idiots attempts to hoist pumpkins the furthest. I'd like to thank Lisa de Moraes at washingtonpost.com for revealing the name of the person who's driving the Science Channel into a TV ditch - Debbie Adler Myers. Hey, Debbie, why are you destroying such a cool channel? Man!.....

1/6 - Despite recent rumblings that the Nationals are looking for a new radio flagship for the 2011 season, one with better FM coverage, Jim Williams at washingtonexaminer.com expects the team to be back on Bonneville's WFED, with its two Maryland-based AM signals. "The Nationals really need to work Virginia as if they are running for office. That means more radio affiliates and all the full-blown promotion the state can handle. If they can use the media to win over a baseball-crazed area, they will greatly expand the fan base," Williams says.....

1/5 - DCRTV hears that Buzz Burbank (right) was battling serious breathing problems in late 2010, and called 911 when he couldn't catch some air. Docs discovered that his pneumonia was being caused by a mass on one of his lungs. But, luckily, the growth turned out to be non-cancerous. Longtime smoker Burbank, a DC radio veteran of the former "Don And Mike Show" on WJFK, now does Mike O'Meara's daily podcast at mikeomearashow.com plus a healthy dose of commercial voice work.....

1/5 - There are internet rumblings this morning that more management changes are coming to Allbritton's troubled five-month-old TBD.com local news website. Managing Editor Paul Volpe is rumored to be on the way out, following the departure of General Manager Jim Brady in late 2010. Both are veterans of washingtonpost.com. DCRTV hears that some Allbritton suits are having second thoughts about replacing in late summer the websites of Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 for TBD.com, which is battling a number of well established local news sites, like wtop.com, washingtonpost.com, washingtonexaminer.com, other TV stations' sites, plus new ones like AOL's patch.com.....

1/4 - Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi has an irritating habit of surfing the web for cool stories, and then penning an item as if he'd miraculously come upon some scoop on his own. Without properly crediting where he'd gotten his original story idea. Well, in today's Post, Farhi pens a piece on how an ESPN male personality made a sexist remark to a female colleague. It's been all over the web since yesterday. And we have to hand it to Farhi for, at least, condescendingly admitting in the 17th paragraph of his piece (near the end) that a website called "SportsbyBrooks" (without its actual web address) "first reported the incident." As 2011 debuts, the Post is now without some great media writers like Howard Kurtz and Leonard Shapiro, but some not so great ones like Farhi are still there. Sigh.....

1/3 - The polls have closed, and you have spoken about what you liked and what you didn't like about DC and Baltimore media in 2010. Check out DCRTV's Best/Worst 2010. And start working on those Best/Worst 2011 lists.....

1/3 - DCRTV hears CBS Radio is finally staffing up its hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, which launched in the spring of 2009. The chick rocker's new program director, Steve Davis, will do mornings, starting at 6 AM. That could be a temporary move while the search continues for a morning personality. As DCRTV has reported, new hire Kristie McIntyre will do the 10 AM to 3 PM shift, with former Mix 107.3 evening man Tommy McFly doing the 3 PM to 7 PM shift.....

1/3 - The Nats Insider blog tells us that DC's baseball team is still searching for a flagship radio station for the 2011 season, and wants its games on FM. The Nationals have been heard on Bonneville federal news talker WFED, which is primarily available on AM. There are rumblings that the team is talking to CBS about being carried on FM sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler are expected to return, no matter where the games are broadcast. And the search goes on to replace canned color commentator Rob Dibble on MASN, which will again carry the Nats on the TV side in 2011.....

1/3 - Clear Channel is selling the license of Winchester's 610 AM, last known as WLVE, to Winchester Radio Broadcasters, which is headed by veteran radio engineer Ted Schober. Sale price: $5,000. The station had been part of a Clear Channel donation effort to the Minority Media And Telecommunications Council, although the transfer was never filed with the FCC. Clear Channel took 610, then known as sports talker WTFX, off the air several years ago when the party it leased its tower site from sold the land for a housing complex. In late 2008, the sports talk format was moved to Clear Channel's 1550 AM, replacing nostalgic WMRE, which is licensed to Charles Town.....

1/3 - DCRTV has told you that former Channel 7/WJLA reporter Doug McKelway (right) recently jumped to Fox News Channel's DC bureau. Now, we're told that he's been seen several times on Fox-owned sister Channel 5/WTTG, as recently as yesterday.....

1/3 - DCRTV hears that DC radio veteran Kelly Knight has posted on Facebook that she's battling colon cancer, which she says has advanced to "stage 4." She's been heard on DC101 and WTGB (now WIAD). We're told that she was known as "Kelly Buchanan" during he early career at WIKZ.....

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OUT/IN
TBD.com/WJLA.com
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic/NBC SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
105.7 The Fan/WBAL-AM
WPGC/Amp 95.5
Paul Farhi/Ian Shapira
Betsy Rothstein/Ana Marie Cox
WaPo Local/Patch.com
630/105.9
Fred Grandy/Brian Wilson
Fred Grandy/Major Garrett
Chris Plante/A Potted Plant
Tom Shales/Hank Stuever
Hard Classic Rock/Melodic New Wave
WTOP-FM/WTOP-TV
Doug Hill's WeatherNow/NBC4 NonStop
Julie Wright/Chris Roth
Diamond/Carson
Washington Times/Washington Examiner
Dan Hellie/Chick Hernandez
Discovery Channel/Smithsonian Channel
Lisa de Moraes/TVByTheNumbersZap2It.com
Frio/Fuego
Bill Lord/Jack Lord
Politico.com/Politico TV
Steve Rudin/Adam Caskey
Capital Weather Gang/Crapital Weather Gang
Metro Traffic/WTOP Traffic
Ed Norris/Steve Davis
Sam Rogers/Michael Hughes
Junks/BDK
Mrs. Fred/Sanity
Sirius Platform/XM Platform
Internet Neutrality/Internet Neutered
Oprah/JC Hayward
Brian Bolter/Will Thomas
DC Liquors/Red Red Wine Bar
Dave Labrozzi/Ken Merson
Doug McKelway/Morris Jones
WVRX/WBIG
Dukes/Big O
Topper Shutt/Doug Kamerer
Suzie Ansilio/Bailey
Rush/Kojo
Tom Gavin/Rusty Gibson
Collings/Bicknell
Mix 106.5/Z104.3
WYPO/WRAU
Farid Suleman/Bryan Nehman
AOL/Yahoo
1200/1190
FCC/TLC

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