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Support DCRTV & Get A Sticker - 2/17 - DCRTV has been here covering DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media news for 20 years, since 1997, thanks largely to your support. Please help keep DCRTV running into its third decade! Make at least a $5 donation and we'll send you our 20th anniversary sticker! It's approximately 2 inches by 6 inches and would look great on any car or truck's bumper! Or on your fridge or a backpack. Or maybe at the base of your station's tower. Send your donation via PayPal at paypal.me/dcrtv or send cash or a check made payable to "Dave Hughes" to Dave Hughes, 6200 Rolling Road #2442, Springfield VA 22152.....

FCC To Investigate Pai's Closeness To Sinclair - 2/16 - The top internal watchdog for the Federal Communications Commission has opened an investigation into whether its chairman, Ajit Pai, has had an improperly close relationship with Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcasting, which is campaigning to get the commission to change its rules allowing television broadcasters to greatly increase the number of stations they own. Sinclair is awaiting approval of a blockbuster $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media. More at nytimes.com.....

Ailsa Chang To "ATC" - 2/16 - Ailsa Chang, who has been a congressional correspondent at DC-based NPR, joins the crew at "All Things Considered." Joining Audie Cornish, Mary Louise Kelly and Ari Shapiro.....

Wolf Sues Imus - 2/16 - New York City radio talk legend Don Imus, who is about to retire, gets sued for age discrimination and non-payment of severance by Warner Wolf, who used to be a DC TV sports anchor. More at nypost.com.....

Commonwealth Expands Richmond Public Radio With NOVA TV Money - 2/15 - Last year, Richmond-based Commonwealth Public Broadcasting scored $182 million by turning in the licenses of two Northern Virginia TV outlets its owns - WNVC and WNVT (which carry the MHZ relays of foreign channels) - in the FCC's so-called spectrum auction to free up more space for other uses, like cell phones. And starting today, Commonwealth will take over a two Richmond commercial radio stations it recently bought with $1.95 million of that cash. Initially, NPR affiliated news/talk/classical/jazz WCVE, 89.9, will be heard on two signals just purchased from Alpha - country WWLB 99.3 and classic hits WBBT 107.3. Coming in June, Commonwealth will make WCVE purely news/talk and put the classical/jazz programming on the two other signals. More at radioinsight.com.....

Lindsay Czarniak To Joe Gibbs Racing - 2/14 - Former Channel 4/WRC sports reporter and anchor Lindsay Czarniak (right) joins Joe Gibbs Racing's team coverage from Daytona International Speedway leading to this spring's Daytona 500. She is coming off a two-week gig at WRC covering the Super Bowl. Czarniak left DC's NBC station in 2011 for a six-year gig at ESPN. At JGR, Czarniak will produce content for social media, including the organization's Facebook and Instagram offerings. More at speedwaydigest.com.....

Donna Hamilton To Retire From 11 - 2/14 - DCRTV hears that veteran Baltimore television news anchor Donna Hamilton will retire on May 23, concluding a 22-year career at Channel 11/WBAL. That's according to a news release the Hearst-owned station posted this morning on Twitter. Hamilton came to Baltimore in 1981 to join Channel 13/WJZ's "Evening Magazine." In 1991, she and her husband, David Paulson, formed a production company in Baltimore that made documentaries. She joined WBAL-TV in 1995 to anchor the station's 5 PM newscast. She now anchors at 5, 6 and 11 PM. More at baltimoresun.com.....

Power Problem For WMAL - 2/13 - Sources tells DCRTV that Cumulus, which currently is filing for bankruptcy protection, didn't get around to paying the power bill for WMAL's 105.9 FM signal. So, Dominion Virginia Power turned off the juice to the news talker's Merrifield transmitter on Friday. The station remained on the air by tapping into the generator owned by Entercom sports talker WJFK, 106.7. Power was restored to WMAL's site by Sunday, we're told, after arrangements to pay the power bill were made.....

Patrick Ups Ownership Stake In Wyoming Radio - 2/13 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that 18 Wyoming radio stations, six translators, one booster, and 10 towers will be 100% owned by Maryland-based group owners and brokers Larry and Susan Patrick. They're paying $300,000 to buy the 35% membership interest of New Echelon Ventures Management, boosting their ownership of Legend Communications and Legend Towers from 65% to 100%. The stations include contemporary hits KAML Gillette and classic country KBBS Buffalo. Larry Patrick owns Baltimore-based radio brokerage firm Patrick Communications.....

WMAL Adds Dennis Miller's Minute - 2/12 - Comic-turned-political pundit Dennis Miller returns to radio with the twice-daily "Miller Minute" on more than 60 stations, including Cumulus news talker WMAL in DC.....

WUSQ Again Tops Winchester - 2/12 - Country Q102, WUSQ, again tops the radio ratings for Winchester. Second place is hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, with contemporary hit WKSI, Kiss, in third. Classic rock WFQX takes fourth, with DC's NPR news talker WAMU in fifth. Founding out the top 10 - news talk WINC-AM in sixth, classic hits WZRV seventh, DC news talker WMAL eighth, DC alt rocker DC101, WWDC, nith, and classic hits WWEG, The Eagle, in tenth.....

WFLS Tops Fredericksburg - 2/9 - Country WFLS again takes the top spot in the latest batch of radio ratings for Fredericksburg. Hot adult contemporary WBQB, B101, takes second place. Third is adult urban contwmporary WVBX, 99.3 The Vibe. DC news-talker WMAL places fourth, with DC all-newser WTOP fifth. Classic hits WGRQ is sixth, country WGRX seventh, and DC's urban contemporary WPGC eighth.....

Jos Roozen Dies - 2/8 - DCRTV hears that Jos Roozen, host of WMAL's "Garden Sense" Saturday morning show since 1999, died on February 8. He wase 71 and died in his sleep. Roozen, who was heard on the 8 AM show produced at WMAL's studios with Rick Fowler, owned the Roozen Nursery & Garden Center in Fort Washington MD. The show was syndicated nationally and heard on upwards of three dozen radio stations. More as we hear it.....

BAL Host To Run For MD Office - 2/6 - Former WBAL radio talk show host Jimmy Mathis has announced that he has filed to run for state office in Maryland. "Republicans in the 42nd district will now have a much needed conservative choice to represent their values in the State Senate," said Congressman Andy Harris. Adds Mathis, "Hardworking taxpayers in Maryland feel like they have no real conservative voice in the Maryland State Senate," At the age of 16, Mathis made aviation history by becoming the youngest pilot to fly “solo coast-to-coast. A record he still holds today. After completing his trip, he obtained an internship at Channel 45/WBFF. He's been hosting the WBAL radio show for 10 years.....

Andy Ockershausen Interviews DC Power Players - 2/6 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures. He just completed season three of the podcast, which features interviews with Bob Ryan, Joe Hadeed, Carol Schwartz, Bruce Allen, Father Ray Kemp, Richard Dyer, Tom McMillen, Peter Newsham, and more. To subscribe go to ourtowndc.com......

WMAL Seeks 103.1 In DC - 2/6 - DCRTV hears that news talker WMAL, 105.9/630, and Catholic religious talk WMET, 1160, have filed applications with the FCC to put a low-power signal on 103.1 in the DC area. There are regional full-power stations on 103.1 in Frederick (WAFY), Culpeper (WCUL), and Annapolis (WRNR). Will those stations oppose this plan? Most certainly alternative rocker WRNR will. WRNR recently fought off a plan in Baltimore to use 103.1 as a low-power simulcast of religious talk WRBS-AM. More as we hear it.....

WFRE Tops Frederick Again - 2/5 - Aloha Trust's Free Country WFRE, 99.9, tops the Frederick mini-market radio ratings once again. Second place goes to Manning's hot adult contemporary Key 103.1, WAFY. DC all-newser WTOP, with a 103.9 Frederick simulcast, taking third, with Manning's classic hits Eagle WWEG, 106.9, placing fourth. DC alt rocker DC101 takes fifth, followed by Aloha news talker WFMD, 930, in sixth.....

Jack Gale Dies - 2/2 - Just in. DCRTV is hearing from several sources that legendary Baltimore radio DJ Jack Gale has died. He worked at "top 40" WITH in the 1960s. More at reelradio.com......

Winchester's 104.9 Goes News Talk - 2/1 - Centennial has pulled the plug on its Apple Country classic country format on 104.9, WZFC, in the Winchester area for a simulcast of news talker WINC-AM, 1400. The Apple Country format remains on 105.5, WXBN.....

Bill Miller Dies - 1/31 - Bill Miller (right), who was one of several radio personalities who went by the radio name of "Tiger Bob Raleigh" at the old "top 40" WPGC in the 1960s and 1970s, died on January 29 of complications from pneumonia. He also worked at WPOC in Baltimore and at WAFY and WFMD in Frederick. There will be a memorial service on February 13 at 10 AM at the Holy Family Catholic Community Church in Middletown MD. More at legacy.com.....

WaPo's Tumulty To Do Political Commentary - 1/31 - The Washington Post has named Karen Tumulty a columnist for the Opinions section. She has been a political correspondent for the Post since 2010. Tumulty has covered the White House, Congress, and eight presidential campaigns. Starting February 5, she will write a column on national politics. More at washingtonpost.com.....

980 Drops ESPN From Name - 1/31 - UPDATED. It's no secret that there are rumors-a-plenty that Redskins owner Dan Snyder's sports talk WTEM is on the market. And we've heard that, so far, no one has offered Snyder the price he wants for it. Last summer, Snyder's Red Zebra radio arm sold WTEM's two FM area simulcast outlets, 92.7 and 94.3. But the now-solo AM 980 signal remains. As of late yesterday, listeners tell us, WTEM's former ESPN 980 moniker is now "The Team 980." There are revamped Facebook and Twitter pages and a new website - theteam980.com - with the new logo (right). The change has caused some to wonder if WTEM and ESPN are getting a divorce. However, we hear from a WTEM source that even though the ESPN name is no longer part of the station's main identification, its relationship with ESPN continues. WTEM will continue to air ESPN Radio programming during weekday evenings and overnights, and on weekends. The WTEM source adds that it is the market's heritage sports talker and for many years was known as SportsTalk 980, without ESPN in its name. We're told that the dropping of ESPN from the station's name is not a sign that WTEM is changing its relationship with the Disney-owned national sports network.....

WaPo Adds Max Boot - 1/30 - The Washington Post has named foreign policy analyst and historian Max Boot a columnist for the Opinions section. He will write a column focused on national security, American government, and foreign affairs. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Bohannon Celebrates 25 Years - 1/30 - Last night, Westwood One talk show host and DC radio veteran Jim Bohannon (right) celebrated the 25th anniversary of his weeknight "The Jim Bohannon Show," after taking over what had been "The Larry King Show" on in January 1993. His show staff surprised him with a special celebratory broadcast. Clearly honored and unaware of what was to come, Bohannon opened the show with "If you're lucky, and if you live long enough, every now and then a milestone comes along in your life. And so it is with me. The years do rush by, and it's hard for me to realize that I first took over this show from Larry King on Friday night, January 29, 1993. That makes this my 25th anniversary of hosting Westwood One's weeknight late evening talk radio program. The staff has put something together for this hour, and you know as much as I do at this point. Suffice it to say, thanks to all concerned for whatever follows. OK, crew. What follows?" What followed was a customized montage, a surprise call-in greeting from Larry King, plus congratulatory messages from Westwood One personalities Dennis Miller, Charles Osgood, and Michael Savage. You can listen to Bohannon nightly on DC's WFED, 1500 AM.....

ZGS Sells WILC To Carrasco - 1/30 - Arlington-based ZGS sells Spanish WILC, 900 AM, in Laurel for $700,000. The buyer is Wheaton-based ACR Media, which is headed by Alejandro Carrasco, the owner of Spanish WACA, 1540 AM, in Wheaton. ZGS has been leasing WILC to Carrasco since January 2016. With the sale of WILC, which was its only radio station, and all of its TV stations, ZGS is now totally out of broadcast ownership, we're told. More at fcc.gov.....

Maryland News Network Adds Bloomberg - 1/30 - The Maryland News Network produces and provides state and regional news hourly, sports, statewide business news, farming and agriculture news, and political news to affiliates across Maryland. And they just launched signed a deal with Bloomberg News to offer their business news services. Maryland News Network also features traffic services with "Detour" Dave Sandler providing customized reports during AM and PM drive for affiliate stations in all Maryland counties. The Maryland News Network is among 30 state news networks around the USA providing content to stations, helping their affiliates serve their communities with content delivered by major market talent. Stations can become an affiliate at no charge. Terms are 100% barter. Content is delivered seamlessly via your station's automation system. And Maryland News Network offers several feed versions to fit any format. More at mdnewsnetwork.net.....

WTOP To Get NAB Crystal Heritage Award - 1/29 - The National Association Of Broadcasters will honor all-newser WTOP with its Crystal Heritage Award. It will be presented during the NAB's April confab in Las Vegas. The Heritage Award recognizes radio stations that have won a total of five Crystal Radio Awards for exceptional year-round community service efforts. Only six other stations have received this honor in the 31-year history of the NAB Crystal Radio Awards.....

9's Quander Arrested For DUI - 1/28 - From wusa9.com: "WUSA9 reporter Michael Quander (right) was arrested for driving under the influence early Monday morning [January 22]. Quander was stopped by the Maryland State Police after he turned the wrong way down Central Avenue in Prince George's County in his personal vehicle. He was given a breathalyzer test and blew over the legal limit, according to the arrest report. Quander was arrested and charged with a DUI and was released to a family member. WUSA9 station President/General Manager Richard Dyer said, 'In our newscsts we often report on DUIs, and this case is no different. It's a serious matter and we're addressing all aspects of the incident'".....

WWFG Tops Salisbury/OC - 1/26 - The latest Salisbury/Ocean City market radio ratings. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WWFG, 2) WQHQ, 3) WSBY, 4) WZBH, 5) WKNZ, 6) WBOC, 7) WGMD and WOCQ, 9) WAVD and WZEB, 11) WKHI and WKZP, 13) WGBG, 14) WKTT and WRAU and WTDK, 17) WAFL and WJKI and WLVW and WSCL, 21) WXDE.....

Seung-Min Kim Joins WaPo - 1/25 - Seung-Min Kim joins the Washington Post as a White House reporter. She will take on a newly created position - a White House correspondent based primarily on Capitol Hill. In that role, she will focus on the relationship between President Trump and Congress, capturing the key personalities, policies, and other forces at the intersection of the executive and legislative branches. Seung-Min comes from Politico, where she has been covering Capitol Hill.....

Czarniak To Cover Super Bowl For 4 - 1/25 - Sports reporter and anchor Lindsay Czarniak (right) is back temporarily on Channel 4/WRC to report for the Super Bowl, starting next week. She will contribute to the NBC station's one-hour Super Bowl special next Saturday and provide coverage after the game. There are no plans for her do sports reports on WRC beyong that. Czarniak started working at WRC in 2005. She later left for ESPN, where she was among those who had their jobs cut in 2017. More at washingtonpost.com.....

XMAS Tunes Boost WASH To 1st - 1/24 - The Washington market radio ratings for the Holiday month, actually December 7 through January 3. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WASH, 2) WTOP, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WBIG, 7) WPGC and WMAL, 9) WIHT, 10) WKYS, 11) WPRS, 12) WRQX and WIAD, 14) WMZQ and WGTS, 16) WWDC, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WPFW and WFRE, 23) WAVA-FM, 24) WFMD, 25) WDCN and WDCH, 27) WOL and WBQH and WAFY and WACA. Out of market stations are not included in this listing.....

XMAS Tunes Boost WLIF To 1st - 1/24 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the Holiday month, actually December 7 through January 3. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WLIF, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WPOC, 5) WWMX, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WQSR, 8) WYPR and WZFT, 10) WIYY, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WZBA, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WCBM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WEAA, 18) WCAO and WRBS-AM, 20) WJZ-AM and WOLB, 21) WQLL and WWIN-AM. Out of market stations are not included in this listing.....

NAB Sells Dupont Circle Building - 1/24 - The National Association Of Broadcasters has cashed out of its national headquarters building near Dupont Circle as it plans to move to a new home being built for it in the Capitol Riverfront. According to the Washington Business Journal, the NAB has sold its long-time home at 1771 N Street NW for $31.6 million, or nearly $534 per square foot, to an affiliate of Stream Realty Partners. The sale comes about five months after CBRE Group began marketing the 52,000-square-foot building to prospective buyers.....

John David Leaves NAB Radio Gig - 1/23 - John David, who has led the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters radio department since 1992, will leave that role. On February 1, he'll become a senior to the association.....

John Irving Dies - 1/21 - DC news radio great John Irving died of cancer January 9 at Georgetown University Hospital. In the late 1970s, he was a freelance reporter for Associated Press Radio in Washington. In 1978, he became a reporter for then news-talk WRC-AM. From 1982 to 1995, he was the news director for urban contemporary WKYS, where he also anchored the morning news and interfaced with the likes of Donnie Simpson and Tony Perkins. From 1995 to 2006, Irving worked for Metro Networks, first as the Washington news bureau chief and later as northeast regional news bureau chief. He then moved on to national director of news bureau operations for Metro Networks-Westwood One. More at legacy.com.....

WASH Tops DC Radio Heap With XMAS Tunes - 1/18 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of the Holiday period, actually December 21-27. Full-week, age 6+: 1) WASH, 2) WTOP, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR and WAMU, 6) WBIG, 7) WPGC, 8) WPRS and WMAL, 10) WGTS, 11) WIHT, 12) WKYS and WIAD, 14) WRQX, 15) WMZQ, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WWDC, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WPFW, 22) WFRE and WDCH and WAVA-FM, 25) WFMD and WDCN, 27) WOL and WKDV and WAFY and WACA.....

WTOP Gets A Sexual Harassment Claim Moved To Federal Court - 1/18 - From Tom Taylor Now: "Former [all news WTOP] traffic reporter Joy Pivec originally filed in DC Superior Court, but factors like her claim for as much as $3 million in punitive damages enable Hubbard to transfer the case to federal court - where it must feel more comfortable. Pivec had experience doing traffic in Baltimore when she was hired by news WTOP... That was in January 2017 and she says there were no problems until she was assigned to ride along with Rob Woodfork. Pivec alleges that 'on the very first day, Woodfork told her of his sexual preference for older, blonde white women (such as Pivec) and asked if she dated black men.' Pivec says Woodfork's 'history of and proclivity for sexual harassment of female reporters was well-known among WTOP employees.' By April of last year, Pivec had made 'repeated reports' to HR without any action, and says she then resigned. The suit alleges that [WTOP owner] Hubbard's responsible for sex discrimination, as well as 'negligent training, retention and/or supervision'".....

Jason Rezaian Returns To WaPo - 1/17 - Jason Rezaian returns to the Washington Post's newsroom as a WorldViews team a staff writer. He joined the Post in 2012 as a correspondent in Iran, but he was detained and imprisoned by Iran for 18 months. He was released on January 17, 2016 - two years ago today - and has spent time as a Nieman fellow at Harvard University and a Terker fellow at George Washington University, while also working on a book about his ordeal, to be published by Bourdain Books. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Salierno To Head Adams In Salisbury - 1/17 - Adams Radio Group has named Ralph Salierno as vice president/general manager of its five station Salisbury radio cluster. Salierno most recently served as market manager for Alpha Media' Fredericksburg and Richmond clusters. Prior to that, he worked for iHeart Media in Memphis and Oklahoma City.....

Lokay To Replace Perkins On 5? - 1/17 - From DCRTV's Wednesday Mailbag: "Looks like Jim Lokay will be taking over as Tony Perkins' replacement on the evening news. Noticed that since he's come on board, he's moved up through the ranks. Didn't he start off as the sports guy? Then he was eventually given his own late night show and now permanent evening anchor. Have never watched him, but guess he's pretty good to be given the opportunities that he has".....

John Irving Dies - 1/13 - DCRTV hears: "It is with sadness that I let you know of the passing of a great newsman and person, John Irving. He was a radio giant with [Donnie] Simpson and [Tony] Perkins at WKYS 93.9 in its heyday. Several of us news guys worked under him at Metro Networks in Silver Spring for years." DCRTV hears from Perkins: "John Irving's wife Holly called me last week with the sad news. Needless to say, it was awful to hear. I loved John very much, and during our time together at WKYS we became great friends. He was a good, good man. Smart, funny, just a great guy. Donnie, John and I shared many laughs together over the years. Donnie and I will be celebrating John when I rejoin Donnie on Majic 102.3 on Tuesday. He is going to be greatly missed." More as we hear it.....

WYRE To Go Dark - 1/12 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: "RIP WYRE AM 810, the little daytimer's from Annapolis. The AM station has requested remain silent authority. The application is sparse with details, but it looks like their landlord for the tower site off Spa Creek is evicting them or selling the land or both as they acknowledge a dispute with the landlord. That rarely ends well for a small radio station".....

WASH Tops DC Radio Ratings - 1/11 - With Christmas tunes, WASH tops the Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of the Holiday period, actually December 14-20. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WASH, 2) WTOP, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WBIG, 7) WMAL, 8) WPGC, 9) WIHT, 10) WKYS, 11) WPRS and WMZQ and WRQX, 14) WIAD, 15) WGTS, 16) WWDC, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WFRE, 22) WPFW and WAVA-FM, 24) WFMD and WAFY, 26) WOL and WDCN and WDCH.....

WaPo Suspends Achenbach - 1/11 - Washington Post reporter Joel Achenbach was suspended for "inappropriate workplace conduct" with current and prior female coworkers. Achenbach will be suspended for 90 days without pay, effective immediately. According to the Post, that's the most severe punishment the organization has issued recently for violations of workplace or journalistic standards. The paper did not elaborate on what kind misconduct Achenbach engaged in, but noted that an investigation had been conducted for two months about his behavior. More at washingtonexaminer.com.....

Fox Wants To Buy Some Sinclair Stations - 1/11 - Fox is looking to finalize a deal to buy about 10 television stations from Sinclair Broadcast Group. The Baltimore-based TV owner is selling the stations to win regulatory approval for its deal to buy Tribune Media. The stations being sold will include some in important National Football League markets, such as Seattle and Denver. The sale will help Fox monetize its NFL rights better. Even though Sinclair owns Baltimore's Fox affiliate, Channel 45/WBFF, and the city is a major NFL market, the local outlet has not been mentioned as part of the deal. More at nypost.com.....

Damon Phillips To NBC Sports Washington - 1/9 - Damon Phillips joins NBC Sports Washington, formerly Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, as general manager, replacing Rebecca Schulte, who announced her resignation in September. Phillips spent 10 years at ESPN overseeing streaming services ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Most recently, he was vice president of ESPN's Technical Product Management department. More at bizjournals.com.....

Discovery To Leave Silver Spring For NYC - 1/9 - Discovery Communications, which helped lead the revitalization of downtown Silver Spring, is leaving Montgomery County, selling its headquarters and moving to New York City, according to a memo Discovery President/Chief Executive David Zaslav sent to staff. It's anticipated that Discovery, which owns the TV channels Animal Planet, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN, will leave its One Discovery Place headquarters building in Silver Spring in 2019. It opened its headquarters in Montgomery County in 2003. Discovery Communications, which employs about 1,300 people full-time locally, recently agreed to acquire Knoxville, Tennessee-based Food Network and HGTV owner Scripps Networks Interactive for $12 billion last July, a deal that is expected to close in early 2018. More at wtop.com.....

InsideNova.com Sold - 1/5 - DCRTV hears that Rappahannock Media has bought Northern Virginia local news site InsideNoVa.com, two of its affiliated community newspapers, and the rights to publish two military base newspapers from Northern Virginia Media Services. More soon.....

Arlington Wants To Keep WETA - 1/5 - From wtop.com: Public television and radio station WETA, which has been actively looking throughout the DC area for a new location for its studio and headquarters, has signed a letter of intent with Arlington County that would keep WETA in Shirlington in exchange for county incentives. If ultimately executed, the deal would allow the county to buy WETA's current studio location at 3620 27th South Street for as much as $8 million for the future expansion of Jennie Dean Park in Four Mile Run Valley. WETA's current headquarters is at 3939 Campbell Avenue in Shirlington Village. Under the terms, WETA will begin design and construction feasibility studies for relocating the studio next to its current headquarters. The letter of intent does not guarantee WETA will stay in Shirlington. If the WETA board of trustees approves the plan, WETA would move forward with selling the studio location to the county within the next two years. The county would make urban design improvements up to $500,000 in the area near the WETA headquarters and would provide WETA with an Economic Development Incentive performance-based grant of up to $150,000 a year for a predetermined period based on job growth and square footage targets. WETA has been based in Arlington since 1961.....

New Digs For Sun - 1/5 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: "After 68 years, The Baltimore Sun is moving from its longtime Calvert Street headquarters that it has been located at since 1950 to Sun Park in Port Covington, the location of its printing plant since the 1990s. Tribune sold the Calvert Street property just before announcing it was selling the company to Sinclair Broadcasting, giving the Sun time to make plans on a move. The newspaper and the property are not owned by the same company. The Sun is owned by a Tribune spinoff of its newspapers called Tronc. The Sun's Port Covington location is owned by Kevin Plank's Sagamore Development and The Sun has a long-term lease for the property. It's unclear what plans the current owner of the Calvert Street property has for it. -- BaltoMedia.net".....

DCRTV's BW 2017 - 1/5 - The polls have closed. Thanks for your 2017 nominations for the best and worst of DC and Baltimore area media, including radio, TV, print, and online. Check out the 2017 lists here and get busy lining up your nominations for 2018. Happy New Year.....

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