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DCRTV Ad Alert: Mervin Block Dishes Dirt On TV News - 11/26 - "Weighing Anchors" examines the work of the anchors on the TV network evening newscasts, and the author, Mervin Block, says he documents "distortions, deceptions and delinquencies." Block wrote news for Walter Cronkite on the "CBS Evening News," for Frank Reynolds on the "ABC Evening News," and for several anchors at NBC. He taught broadcast news writing as a part-timer at Columbia's journalism school for 30 years. He also wrote four books about how to write news for broadcast. He's a former Chicago newspaperman. You can order the book on amazon.com and get more information at mervinblock.com.....

New 'Net Show For Glenn Clark, More - 11/13 - Glenn Clark is the latest former WNST personality to start his own internet-based local sports show, podcast, or blog. Clark will launch a daily sports "radio show" that's available online at GlennClarkRadio.com starting Monday, November 17. At the request of the Baltimore Ravens, CBS took down postgame locker-room video of head coach John Harbaugh November 8. And, the former program director of Ravens and Orioles flagship WBAL radio finds a new gig out west. In this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

After WNST, Forrester Expands Web Efforts - 10/28 - Former Baltimore sports radio talk show host Drew Forrester (right) has launched his own website, concentrating on a daily sports blog called "Drew's Morning Dish" and a weekly Tuesday podcast that will focus on the Ravens, Orioles, Terps and other local sports teams. The new site, drewsmorningdish.com, also contains a monthly video blog called "In The Community" that features Forrester visiting a local non-profit organization. He launched a Drew's Morning Dish blog page in late August, with more than 80,000 visits since then. Earlier this month, he announced a sports-information/news text service that already has 475 subscribers. "Ever since I was part of the group of five that got fired on August 22nd, people have asked me nearly every day, 'When are you going back on the air?'," says Forrester, who worked at Baltimore sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, from 2002 until 2014. "Well, I'm back... not 'on the air,' per-se, but back in the sense that my podcast will give people a chance to hear my thoughts and commentary as well as read it every morning at Drew's Morning Dish." Forrester plans to increase his podcasting efforts from weekly to several-times-a-week by the end of December. "There's no other web-site like Drew's Morning Dish in the market," he says. "There's a definite focus on sports but also a strong dedication to bringing together our corporate partners and daily visitors for a truly win-win situation".....

Garrett Named Top Voice Talent - 10/27 - Local radio voiceman Pat Garrett, who is currently the "voice" of CBS Radio's 106.7 The Fan, sports talk WJFK, has been ranked in the top position on the 2014 Benztown 50 Voice Power Index. He and 49 other voice talents will be honored at a reception in April 2015 at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Los Angeles. Before WJFK, Garrett spent many years as the "voice" of Hubbard all-newser WTOP. Also making the "top 50" list are several with local connections, including Joe Cipriano and Cayman Kelly. More at benztown.com.....

New Generation Partners With Colbert For Smash Hits - 10/14 - DC-based New Generation Radio has partnered with Colbert Media Group to offer barter through United Stations for its recently launched music format, Smash Hits. Says Jason Kidd, the DC-Baltimore radio veteran who is president of NGR: "I am really excited to have June heading up affiliate sales for us. Smash Hits has garnered a lot of buzz and curiosity since its debut. Joining forces with the Colbert Media Group and being able to offer barter for Smash Hits puts us in a really nice position for future growth." You can listen to a stream of Smash Hits and get more information at GetSmashHits.com. Contact Jason Kidd at jasonkidd@getsmashhits.com.....

Tommy Griffiths Launches Home Vox Office - 10/6 - After almost two years after the morning show gig at DC classic rocker WBIG, 100.3 FM, Tommy Griffiths (right) fell victim to the "voice-tracking is cheaper" business model that's good for iHeart Media (formerly Clear Channel) and not so good for those employed in the radio biz. So, the longtime voice-over man has started Home Vox Office, which includes his voice productions, coaching, and demos biz, from his Clarksburg MD home studio. So far, he landed gigs with University Of Maryland productions, Harvard University, the Clinton Foundation, and a Canadian network, as the voice of "Caillou's dad" in an animated TV/internet series. And more. Griffiths also privately coaches more than 200 talents in the DC metro area and nationally, via Skype, including former pro-athletes breaking into broadcasting, including a former Redskin. His VO demos biz is aimed at beginners, kids, and pros. Including demo work for former Channel 13/WJZ news anchor Don Scott. More at homevoxoffice.com.....

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

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

Albie Programs Area 955 - 7/29 - The Albie Dee Radio Network expands. Along with on-air duties at CBS's DC radio stations, voice tracking, and an imaging business, DC radio veteran Albie Dee is now programming the music for DC's dance music channel, Area 955 via a digital subchannel of WPGC, 95.5. FM. You can also listen via an app at radio.com and at wpgc.cbslocal.com.....

O'Meara Pens Book - 6/9 - DC radio veteran Mike O'Meara's (right) got a new book out on amazon.com. According to the description for "Open Mike: From Corporate Radio To New Media: The Story Of The Mike O'Meara Show": "Like many other people in the modern recession era, Mike O'Meara found himself out of a job, wondering what he would do with the rest of his life. After a very successful career on the radio, he was facing a new reality. The type of radio he loved was dead or dying. Spontaneous, fun, and original radio had been replaced by sports talk and right-wing ranting. Radio had also fallen into the hands of corporations, resulting in bland programming that reeked of 'sameness.' He knew one thing: having a microphone in front of him and speaking his mind to his listeners on a daily basis was as important to him as breathing. Although it seemed as though Mike and his radio partners had no place to go, at the urging of his friend Oscar Santana (another radio talker kicked to the curb), Mike reluctantly decided to try something different: podcasting. This is a tale of reinvention. It's the story of a few radio guys who had no other choice but to rebuild their careers on their own, like so many other Americans in these challenging economic times. Perhaps you have been fired from a long and successful career, or someone you know has been unapologetically booted out of a job with no thought to the financial and personal crises that would follow. If so, this book will remind you that there is always a way forward, always a new opportunity, and always hope that your next chapter in life can be better than all the chapters before".....

Zeitz Joins Kidd On Smash Hits - 6/7 - Baltimore and DC radio veteran Jason Kidd (right), now president of DC-based New Generation Radio and creator of Smash Hits, has entered into a strategic marketing partnership with Nate Zeitz of CESD Talent Agency. Smash Hits is a new niche format focusing on hits from the 1980s with some late '70s and early '90s mixed in. Kidd, who left his program director gig at CBS's rhythmic contemporary WPGC last year, joined New Generation in March. In addition to WPGC, Kidd spent 10 years programming for CBS Radio where he also worked at WQSR and WWMX. He's also worked for Clear Channel and SiriusXM. More about Smash Hits is at getsmashhits.com.....

PressBox Partners With Hangout - 6/4 - Baltimore-based sports media company PressBox partners with Hangout Ventures, which runs OriolesHangout.com, which specializes in Orioles information and fan-populated message boards. Stan "The Fan" Charles, founder and publisher of PressBox, says: "Like PressBox, Hangout Ventures is a local company that has grown based on demand for quality sports." Visitors to OriolesHangout.com will have direct access to PressBox's editorial content, and fans on PressBoxOnline.com will have one-click access to discuss the latest Orioles happenings at OriolesHangout.com. "We are excited to team with [Hangout Ventures head] Tony Pente," says John Coulson, PressBox managing partner and vice president of sales and marketing. "He has built a tremendous following of Orioles fans. Our two products dovetail perfectly... We plan to leverage our assets to provide more discussion, editorial content, and groundbreaking video for fans".....

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

3/25 - "Parasite Girls" is the debut novel for Tory Gates (right). A broadcaster with 30 years of radio experience, Tory has worked nearly every format as a DJ, news anchor, talk show host, traffic reporter, and producer. His experience includes several years as a reporter with the former XM Traffic and Weather, and as a voicetracker for the X-Country music channel. He is currently employed by Tango Traffic, and the Radio Pennsylvania Network. Tory is also a songwriter/musician with the indie folk duo the Dharma Fools, and an actor with experience in stage and independent film. His thoughts and observations can be found on the blog "Words Of A Pre-Curmudgeonly Zen Pagan." Additional writings and demo reels are at behance.net/torygates. A native of Vermont, Tory lives in York, Pennsylvania. Buy "Parasite Girls" at amazon.com. It's also available at barnesandnoble.com and as an e-book through Smashwords.....

Langer & Popp Start RELM Podcast - 3/14 - Andrew Langer and John Popp are joining forces on a podcast via the RELM network, relmnetwork.com. Listen to "The Langer-Popp Cast" here. A few months ago, Popp, who used to produce G. Gordon Liddy's radio show and who now produces the "Cam And Company" show on NRANews and Sirius XM, was approached by another local radio veteran, Buzz Buzbank, and Ronick to do a show. The weekly show, which will be available on Mondays, "bridges the gap between political talk and guy talk, taking a step away from the crazy and the strident," says Langer, who once worked at WBAL-AM. "John's a conservative, and I'm a small 'L' libertarian, so we've got some different perspectives on things - but the idea is to make issues and people a heck of a lot more accessible than other conservative or libertarian hosts make them." For now, the podcast is free but there might be some premium content produced later in the week, Langer adds.....

Fredericks Starts WILC Show - 3/4 - John Fredericks brings his Virginia-based politics show to new Laurel MD talker WILC, 900 AM, starting today. He'll air from 6 AM to 9 AM. Fredericks used to be heard on Northern Virginia's WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM, which recently flipped from English talk to Spanish contemporary music. Fredericks continues to be heard during mornings on WHKT, 1650 AM, in the Norfolk area. You can listen online at thejohnfredericksshow.com.....

Salem To Distribute "House PI" - 2/27 - Reggie Marston is a Springfield VA-based licensed home inspector with a radio show. "The House PI" got its start at Fairfax Public Access and then got syndicated with IRN/USA. As of January 4th, the show is distributed by Salem Radio Network at srnradio.com and Marston is looking to get a line-up of stations. He tells DCRTV: "I've had Bruce Irving on, 16 year producer to 'This Old House,' Kimberly Lacy from 'Curb Appeal,' 'The Deck Chef' to talk about barbecuing and barbecue safety, Bruce Lubin, the author of '10,001 Easy Solutions' who appears regularly on Kathy Lee and Hoda." Marston was HGTV's original house detective on "The House Detective." You can contact him at info@thehousepi.com and listen to past shows at thehousepi.com.....

Baker Voices "Coast Guard" Series, WASP Doc - 11/19 - DC area voiceman Matt K. Baker tells us that he's been busy narrating the latest, third season of the Weather Channel's "Coast Guard Alaska," which gets underway next week. And he's also voiced "WWII WASP," a documentary about one of the last living Womens Air Force Service Pilots from World War II - Betty Strohfus. Check out a clip at YouTube. For more things Matt, check out his website at mattspeaking.com.....

Dude Does ESPN Spot - 11/19 - DC and Baltimore area voiceman Dude Walker voices a spot for ESPN The Magazine. At YouTube.....

Cucchiella Joins O'Meara's Podcast Network - 11/24 - DC radio veteran Mike O'Meara is debuting three new shows via the MORE "Mike O'Meara Radio Entertainment" network. Starting in December, "It's Mickey" will star former 98 Rock morning man Mickey Cucchiella. Then, early in 2014, Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Tony Perkins joins MORE with "The Tony Perkins Show." Also joining MORE will be "The Rob And Joe Show" hosted by two DC area comedians. The three-show announcement was made before a packed house at the State Theatre in Falls Church on Saturday night at "OMEARA-CON 2013." Says O'Meara: "I am thrilled to team up with two incredible broadcasters, as they continue their successful careers on the MORE network. Mickey is a radio god in Baltimore, and Tony Perkins has been a fixture on television both on the network level and locally for decades. Rob and Joe have one of the funniest podcasts available, and I am delighted that the MORE network will expose them to a larger audience".....

20th Affiliate For Reliant - 10/19 - DC area-based Reliant Broadcasting adds its 20th affiliate with WJNJ in Jacksonville FL. Starting Monday, Reliant will provide afternoon drivetime traffic reports for WJNJ, which sports a gospel format and is known as "Pure Radio." Says Reliant head and DC traffic radio veteran Zoom Moonchild: "Reaching 20 affiliates is all thanks to the hard work done by the people who have worked for Reliant over the past years".....

Reliant Signs WABT, Extends WGMD - 9/24 - DCRTV hears that DC area-based Reliant Broadcasting has signed Pocono 96.7, WABT, which serves northeastern Pennsylvania and parts of northern New Jersey. Starting October 12th, Reliant will provide traffic reports for the station seven days a week. Also, WGMD in Rehoboth Beach has extended its agreement with Reliant to provide traffic reports into 2014, we're told by Reliant head Zoom Moonchild.....

Cayman Kelly Heard On New Grand Theft Auto - 9/21 - Cayman Kelly, the locally-based voice heard on numerous television and radio stations across the country, is the voice of "91.1 The Lowdown" on the record-breaking newly-released video game, Grand Theft Auto V. The "station" plays classic soul and features Pam Grier as the host. Cayman says, "I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing project!".....

9/2 - That's DC airborne traffic veteran Stan Fetter doing "back from the beach" reports for CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, on Labor Day. "We are beta testing airborne traffic this afternoon," WNEW Program Director Robert Sanchez tells DCRTV. "Sky 99" took to the air at 3 PM on the holiday Monday. "We are still playing with broadcast frequencies and tweaking the receiving equipment," Sanchez says. "WNEW is the only station - radio or TV - in Washington DC with airborne traffic," he adds. "The TV stations all share pool video from a chopper, but no audio. We'll also be using 'Sky 99' for breaking news when appropriate." Including on its very first day, covering the crash of a small plane in the Bowie area.....

Cayman Kelly To Bounce TV - 8/5 - DCRTV hears that DC area voice talent Cayman Kelly, who is heard on numerous radio stations, including WMMJ, countless commercials, and TV promos, has signed an exclusive two-year deal with African American-oriented Bounce TV, which is seen locally on a digital subchannel of Channel 9/WUSA. This comes following a gig with Silver Spring-based TV One, another African American network. At Bounce, Cayman will host "Bounce Beats," a video countdown show, and "Bounce Beats Profiles," which profiles a particular music artist each week.....

Miller & Paulus Promote Affordable Voice Services - 7/15 - Michael Miller and Chris Paulus, with a combined 45 years of area voiceover and audio experience, want to provide high-quality services that are affordable. Via RadioWaves.us, Miller, founder of the site, says: "We studied the market, and saw that most providers of voice talent charge rates that only corporations and some small businesses can afford. Our business model allows for pricing that opens up possibilities for anyone needing a voice for their projects." According to Miller, RadioWaves.us handles commercials, professional announcements, radio and TV station promotions and IDs, voicemail greetings, on-hold system announcements, movie trailer narrations, descriptive video services, documentaries, emceeing live events, and voice-tracking on-air DJ shifts. For more info call 804-608-6423 or email info@RadioWaves.us.....

Dude Voices ESPN Lacrosse - 6/1 - DC-Baltimore area voiceman Dude Walker does an "essay" for last weekend's ESPN lacrosse championship in Philadelphia. He comes in at the 0:42 mark. Check it out at YouTube.....

Reliant Adds WGMD - 5/3 - Reliant Broadcasting, the DC area firm that provides traffic and news reports for radio stations across the nation, adds Rehoboth Beach's WGMD, 92.7 FM, as a traffic client. Starting Monday, Reliant will provide "beach" traffic reports for the Ocean City area talk outlet, with Alexander Piela and Marc Raven as primary traffic anchors. Both have been working for Reliant since 2008. The traffic reports will continue to air through the rest of the spring and summer, Reliant head Zoom Moonchild tells us.....

Dude Voices Anti-Pipeline Spot - 4/18 - Area voice great Dude Walker tells us that he can be heard on a "Keystone XL All Risk, No Reward" anti-pipeline spot airing this week in conjunction with upcoming Earth Day events. Check it out at YouTube.....

Baker Continues Being Voice Of Discovery Channels - 3/22 - Local voice man Matt K. Baker updates us on his latest doings. Including getting renewed as the voice of the Discovery Channel networks for 2013 - now in his 12th year. Plus, he recently narrated a rugby documentary for South African television, has voiced a bunch of commercials for the likes of the DC Lottery and Thorlo, and narrated new episodes of "Coast Guard Alaska" and "Coast Guard Florida." More at mattspeaking.com, which features a lot of new content.....

Reliant Lands 2 Affiliates - 3/14 - DC area-based Reliant Broadcasting has picked up two radio affiliates in the New York-Pennsylvania-New Jersey area. Jim Henry is doing newscasts for WYNY and WDLC. The stations are part of the Neversink Media Group. Henry began working for Reliant in 2009, coming from Highway Radio. Reliant provides primary on-air talent for Highway's California-Las Vegas stations. Headed by Zoomzoom Moonchild, Reliant has been providing traffic, weather, and news reports for Highway Radio since 2008.....

Cayman To Voice Cayman Station - 3/6 - DC radio veteran Cayman Kelly is going international. He has signed a deal to become the voice of Star 92.7 in the Cayman Islands.....

Dude Walker Voices New Smithsonian Show, Much More - 2/21 - Local voice man Dude Walker is keeping busy as 2013 arrives. We hear that he'll be voicing an upcoming Smithsonian Channel show called "Arabia Uncovered," in conjunction with an exhibit touring the US, starting at the Sackler in DC. He also voiced the in-museum presentation. More at roadsofarabia.com. Also, he's voiced a promo for the Masters on ESPN, check it out at YouTube. Plus, an image piece for Bauer Hockey: YouTube. A Citizen Watch spot featuring tennis star Victoria Azareka: YouTube. A batch of industrial videos, including Shimano Dynalast cycling shoes: YouTube. And another for Samford University: YouTube. And, don't forget, he's back on DC area radio with "The Mike O'Meara Show" on WTNT, marking Dude's 34th year in the market.....

Cayman Images "Old School" Station In Atlanta - 2/6 - DC radio veteran Cayman Kelly is the new imaging voice for "Old School 1010" in Atlanta, a classic rap outlet. Earlier this year, we reported that Kelly also became imaging voice of Boston's new rhythmic contemporary station, Hot 96.9. Plus, he's also signed a new deal to remain the voice of the Bahamas' 100 Jamz. In the pic, Cayman (left) is pictured with Charlie Wilson (right), who he interviewed on SiriusXM's Heart And Soul channel. "Uncle Charlie" was celebrating his album release and 60th birthday.....

Dude Walker Voices New Smithsonian Show, Much More - 1/31 - Local voice man Dude Walker is keeping busy as 2013 arrives. We hear that he'll be voicing an upcoming Smithsonian Channel show called "Arabia Uncovered," in conjunction with an exhibit touring the US, starting at the Sackler in DC. He also voiced the in-museum presentation. More at roadsofarabia.com. Also, he's voiced a promo for the Masters on ESPN, check it out at YouTube. Plus, an image piece for Bauer Hockey: YouTube. A Citizen Watch spot featuring tennis star Victoria Azareka: YouTube. A batch of industrial videos, including Shimano Dynalast cycling shoes: YouTube. And another for Samford University: YouTube. And, don't forget, he's back on DC area radio with "The Mike O'Meara Show" on WTNT, marking Dude's 34th year in the market.....