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21 Big Years: Support DCRTV & Get A Sticker - 9/17 - DCRTV started in September 1997 and we're celebrating our big 21st birthday this month. Yup, DCRTV has been here covering DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media news for 21 years 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.....

Thad Mumford Dies - 9/16 - Thad Mumford, a pioneering African-American TV writer-producer who worked on shows ranging from "MASH" to "The Electric Company" to "Blue’s Clues," has died after a long illness. He was 67. Mumford died September 6 at his father’s home in Silver Spring. Born and raised in Washington DC, Mumford worked as a page for Channel 4/WRC while in high school and soon began selling jokes to Johnny Carson and Joan Rivers. After high school, he attended Fordham University in New York City, where he landed a job as a writer on PBS's "The Electric Company." He earned an Emmy for his work on the show in 1973. More at variety.com.....

Mike Pintek Dies - 9/13 - Mike Pintek, a longtime reporter and talk show host on Pittsburgh's KDKA radio, died September 12 after battling cancer for more than a year. Pintek, 65, announced to listeners in May 2017 that he had been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Pintek was the morning news anchor on DC's WASH radio. More at triblive.com.....

Garrett & Schlesinger To Do Radio Show Luncheon - 9/12 - Major Garrett, chief White House Correspondent for CBS News, and his colleague Jill Schlesinger, a business analyst and host of the "Jill On Money" radio show, will keynote the 2018 Radio Show's Radio Luncheon in Orlando on September 26. Garrett's got a new book coming out, "Mr. Trump's Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams & Occasional Blackouts Of An Extraordinary Presidency".....

"Capitol Kid" Gets Good Reviews - 9/12 - "Capitol Kid: A Baby Boomer Grows Up In Washington DC" by Gary Dreibelbis, continues to do well in all Amazon categories, hard and soft cover and Kindle as well as receiving positive reviews. Steve Osunsami of ABC News writes, "What a beautiful story. The book is a love letter to The District of Columbia." The book features DC legends Warner Wolf and Sonny Jurgensen, Milt Grant, Harden & Weaver, the Joy Boys, Ranger Hal, and more. The recently-released book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com, and neelyproductionsinc.com/garycdreibelbis. Cover design (right) David Blackwell and photos courtesy of Tom Buckley, WUSA.....

Tribune Axes 50's 10 PM Newscast - 9/6 - DCRTV hears that Tribune is yanking the 10 PM half-hour newscast on Channel 50/WDCW. The show was produced by the company's Channel 6/WTVR in Richmond with reporters in the DC area. According to a company memo: "Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of a lot of talented employees, [WDCW's newscast and several others] haven't delivered the ratings or the revenue we hoped for when they were launched. The decision to discontinue any show is never easy and we don't do it lightly. We understand that these decisions affect the lives of good people who gave their best efforts to achieve success; we hope to give many of them the opportunity to transition to new roles elsewhere in our station group".....

Andrea McCarren Leaves 9 - 9/6 - Longtime DC TV reporter Andrea McCarren leaves Channel 9/WUSA for PenFed Credit Union where she'll be chief content officer for PenFed Digital. Her job will be to highlight the work of veterans, active duty service members, and military families. She begins her new job in January.....

Dempsey Moves To BGC Weekends - 9/5 - From DCRTV's Wednesday Mailbag: "On Monday afternoon bluegrasscountry.org, WAMU 88.5 HD-2, long-time host Lee Michael Dempsey announced that after 30-plus years he would be going off the weekday 3 - 6 PM shift, and that he will moving to the weekend shift; days and times to be determined. Not know at this point who will fill the weekday afternoon drive time; supposed to happen in the next few weeks or so".....

Sheena Parveen Leaves 4 - 9/5 - Weather anchor Sheena Parveen is leaviung Channel 4/WRC (and WTOP radio, where she's also heard) and heading to KNSD-TV in San Diego. She came to WRC from Philadelphia's WCAU a few years ago. All of the TVers are owned by NBC.....

WTOP Tops August Radio Ratings For DC - 9/5 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WBIG, 6) WGTS, 7) WMAL and WRQX, 9) WJFK-FM and WIHT and WASH, 12) WPGC, 13) WKYS, 14) WWDC and WMZQ and WETA-FM, 17) WPRS, 18) WIAD and WTEM and WLZL, 21) WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WDCH, 24) WBQH, 25) WFMD and WOL, 27) WWDCHD2 and WTOPHD3 (The Gamut) and WFED, 30) WWWTHD2 (Bolly 102.9) and WYCB and WPGCSTREAM and WPGCHD2 and WJFKFMSTREAM and WJFK-AM and WIHTHD2 and WIADSTREAM and WIADHD2 and WASHHD2 and WAMUHD2 (Bluegrass Country).....

WWIN Tops August Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 9/5 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WQSR, 5) WWMX, 6) WIYY and WLIF and WZBA, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WZFT, 11) WCBM, 12) WYPR, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WBAL-AM, 15) WBJC, 16) WEAA, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WCAO, 19) WQLL, 20) WLIFHD3 and WOLB and WWIN-AM, 23) WJZ-AM.....

Corinna Delgado To WRQX - 9/4 - Corinna Delgado joins Cumulus's hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, as midday host. She was most recently with KRBE, a Cumulus contemporary hits station in Houston. Delgado is a veteran, having served in the US Army Reserves as a combat medic from 1995 to 2001.....

Andy Parrish Dies - 9/3 - Andy Parrish, whose real name was Andrew Gasparich, died August 30 at age 86. He served as news director for all-news WTOP in the late 1960s and early 1970s. More at legacy.com.....

Jerry Klein Dies - 9/3 - Jerry Klein, a left-leaning radio host who worked at DC news talker WMAL from 2001 to 2009, died August 17 after battling cancer. He was 66. A Charlotte NC native who work at that city's news talk WBT-AM/FM before his years at WMAL, also worked as a music promoter, political activist, and a writer. More at charlotteobserver.com.....

Kimberly Suiters Leaves 7 - 8/31 - UPDATED. Kimberly Suiters leaves her anchor and reporting gigs at Channel 7/WJLA, where she's been for the past seven years. She says her new job will be "really really cool" but can't reveal more right now. We now learn that she will be executive vice president of community engagement and spokesperson for the non-profit Addiction Policy Forum. More at facebook.com/KimberlySuiters.....

Bill Elliott Rolls Out 3DSJ Radio Network - 8/29 - Broadcasting consultant Bill Elliott is rolling out his 3DSJ Radio Network over the summer months. The network features 100% music requested by the audience 24 hours a day. Affiliated stations have many options to carry the network on an all-day basis, segmented day-part or hourly basis and plans range from paid to barter. The network will provide automation equipment to stations desiring local commercial and content insertion. A 24 hour demo is available on the network website 3dsj.com. Bill is a former chief engineer at Red Zebra.....

Bruce Johnson Back On Air Soon - 8/29 - Longtime Channel 9/WUSA anchor and reporter Bruce Johnson tells DCRTV that he'll be back on the air in "a few weeks." He announced back in May that he tested positive for non-Hodgkins lymphoma and would be taking time off for chemotherapy treatment. Johnson now tells us that his latest PET scans show him free of cancer. However, he did suffer a setback recently when he had a bicycle mishap and received minor facial injuries.....

The Capitol Kid: A Baby Boomer Grows Up In Washington, D.C. book The book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel.com. and D.C. based neelyproductionsinc.com/garycdreibelbis. Mike Moss Goes Fulltime On Westwood One News - 8/23 - Former WTOP news anchor Mike Moss becomes a full-time news anchor on Westwood One News. He joined the organization as a part-time anchor and fill-in guest host earlier this year.....

Jessob Reisbeck To 7 - 8/23 - Jessob Reisbeck joins Channel 7/WJLA as a news anchor for "Good Morning Washington." He starts September 17. He comes from WITI-TV in Milwaukee. Before that, Reisbeck worked at TV stations in Syracuse and Fresno.....

9's Jan Jeffcoat To LA - 8/23 - Channel 9/WUSA news anchor Jan Jeffcoat is headed for Los Angeles so her husband, Matthew Kinsley, can continue to grow his TV agent business. Earlier this year, Jeffcoat helped launch the Tegna-owned station's new morning show, "Get Up DC," with comedian Reese Waters.....

WTOP To Move To Chevy Chase - 8/22 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP is saying goodbye to its Idaho Avenue studio and office facilities in the Cathedral Commons neighborhood in northwest DC for new digs on Maryland's Chevy Chase. "We have grown tremendously over the years by serving the DC region with a 24/7 news, traffic and weather operation," Hubbard DC market manager Joel Oxley tells Bethesda Magazine. The new facility at 5425 Wisconsin Avenue features better parking facilities for WTOP's 200+ employees and is closer to the Capital Beltway. The move, which also includes Federal News Radio WFED, is slated for December or January.....

Hurdles For Sale Of WMAL's AM Site - 8/21 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that "NIMBY" is hurting Cumulus. Remember that $75 million that Cumulus co-founder Lew Dickey envisioned when he announced his intention to sell off the WMAL, 630 AM transmitter site, back in 2013? The land in Bethesda has been under contract with the Toll Brothers developers since 2015. News talker WMAL recently decommissioned the site and is diplexed from the tower of Salem's further-out talk WWRC, 570 AM. And over a year ago, the Montgomery County Planning Board approved the development plan in Bethesda. But the neighbors are showing very strong tendencies toward "NIMBY" - "Not In My Backyard." And these folks have the financial resources to keep fighting. The "DC land sale" topic took up a good chunk of yesterday’s call-time from CFO John Abbot, who reminds investors that Cumulus doesn't get any money until the deal "receives final, unappealable approval of Toll Brothers’ preliminary plan to build." The neighbors filed their second appeal on July 3, and Abbot says "there are number of potential outcomes." To be safe, Cumulus is "exploring all our options to monetize this property".....

Draper Buys WRDE - 8/21 - Eastern Shore news. Draper Media is purchasing the Salisbury-Ocean City market's NBC affiliate, low-powered Channel 31/WRDE in Rehoboth Beach. Draper, based in Salisbury, already owns Channel 16/WBOC, the market's CBS affiliate, plus the market's Fox affiliate, Fox 21 (a WBOC-TV subchannel), along with Telemundo Delmarva, plus a batch of Salisbury area radio stations, including WBOC-FM, WAAI-FM, WTDK-FM, and WCEM-FM/AM. The transfer of ownership is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018 subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission. More at wboc.com.....

New Name For BBG - 8/20 - The federal government's Broadcasting Board Of Governors changes its name to the US Agency For Global Media. John Lansing continues as CEO and director. The organization oversees the Voice Of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks and the Office Of Cuba Broadcasting.....

WINC Takes Top Spot In Winchester - 8/20 - Centennial's hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.7, is the new leader in Wichester VA's radio ratings. Displacing longtime top-ranked WUSQ, Q102, iHeart's country outlet, to second place. Contemporary hit WKSI takes third, classic rock WFQX forth, with DC's alt rock DC101 in fifth place. Rounding out the Winchester top 10: talker WINC-AM in sixth, DC talker WMAL and DC country outlet WMZQ tied for seventh, with Christian contempoarry WPIM and DC's urban contemporary WKYS tied for ninth.....

Eastern Shore Gets Bigger Classic Rock - 8/20 - Adams Radio moves "Big" classic rock from from 98.5 in Seaford DE to 107.7 in Fruitland MD, to better cover the Salisbury-Ocean City area. With the WGBG calls moving to 107.7, replacing the country-formatted WKHI. No word yet about what's coming to the 98.5 frequency.....

Somara Theodore Leaving 4 - 8/19 - DCRTV hears that Channel 4/WRC weekend meteorologist Somara Theodore is leaving the NBC-owned station. She announced the change on Sunday's 6 PM broadcast. Going on to something "digital." More as we hear it.....

Dude Walker Update - 8/18 - DCRTV hears from DC and Baltimore voice legend Dude Walker. He tells us that he's been doing radio promos for Classic Country on Westwood One. As well as doing promos for IFC, AXS, and Sportsman channels on cable. Plus in-show narration for his third season of "Dead Silent" on Discovery ID. And he's still voicing the Mike O'Meara podcast, which recently marked the 2000th episode. But wait, there's more - Dude is gearing up for the 2018 elections with spots for Democratic candidates, including Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri.....


Linn, Murray, Solomon Start Podcast - 8/17 - Former SB Nation Radio hosts Scott Linn, Tim Murray, and Steve Solomon have reunited to begin a new show, "Linn, Murray, & Solly." The trio hosted SB Nation AM for the last two years, heard on 75 affiliates nationwide. Their new commercial-free podcast will be heard at Patreon.com/LinnMurraySolly and will debut on Monday, August 20th. The trio spent several years as Steve Czaban's co-hosts/sidekicks on his national radio show on Fox Sports Radio and later SB Nation Radio. Linn, Murray, and Solly are based in DC and have each spent several years working at their local station, WTEM, 980. Linn brings over 25 years of broadcasting experience as a show host, anchor, and operations manager at WTEM as well as Fox Sports Radio and SB Nation Radio. Murray has hosted his own show on SB Nation Radio and WTEM, after several years as a baseball play-by-play announcer. He currently serves as the studio host for Navy football, and a sports anchor for WTOP. Solomon has nearly 20 years of broadcasting experience. He was the producer of the DC-based "The Sports Reporters With Steve Czaban & Andy Pollin" for many years, as well as the producer/sidekick for Steve Czaban's show on Fox Sports Radio and SB Nation Radio. The new show will be available on three different tiers at the above Patreon link at $4.99 per month. You can follow the guys on Twitter at: @ScottLinn980, @1TimMurray, @SteveSolomon.....

Season 4 Coming, Andy Ockershausen Interviews DC Power Players - 8/17 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures will start its fourth big season in October. Until then, catch up with interviews from season three, which features Gordon Peterson, Charles Mann, David Wilmot, Tom McMillen, Doreen Gentzler, Tom Buckley, Burt Cohen, Shawn Springs, Mark Moseley, Larry O'Connor, Bob Levey, Deb Johns, Harry Schnipper, Ann Hand, Arthur Cotton Moore, Paul Scimonelli, Donnie Simpson, Ron Paul, CHarles Allen, Tony Perkins, John Bowis, George Pelecanos, Nancy Taylor Bubes, Rick Hindin, Herbert Miller, Bob Ryan, Joe Hadeed, Carol Schwartz, Bruce Allen, Father Ray Kemp, Richard Dyer, Peter Newsham, and more. At ourtowndc.com......

Sun Gets New Digs - 8/17 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: "It's Eviction Day for the Baltimore Sun, as in its signs on its headquarters building which it no longer owns. Former owner Tribune sold the Sun building on Calvert Street just before the Tribune/Sinclair merger began. The merger is over, but the building is still sold. The Sun is moving to south Baltimore into its own printing plant building, which is on land also not owned by The Sun and slated for future redevelopment".....

Quicksilva Returns To KYS - 8/15 - DJ Quicksilva (right) returns to Urban One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9, for afternoon drive. His also airs on the company's like-formatted WERQ, 92.3, in Quicksilva's hometown of Baltimore. The show launched August 6 in Baltimore and will debut in DC on August 20. Angie Ange, who used to do afternoons at WKYS, was recently moved to morning drive. Quicksilva previously anchored the morning show on WKYS.....

With Sheehan Gone, WTEM's Line-Up In Flux - 8/15 - The Washington Post's DC Sports Bog has more about all the changes at sports talker WTEM, 980, now that Urban One is in control. "Cooley & Kevin," the morning drive-time show featuring Chris Cooley and Kevin Sheehan, is no more. Redskins Broadcast Network host Larry Michael announced during the pregame show ahead of August 9th's Redskins-Patriots preseason game on the Team 980 that Sheehan and the station were parting ways. Leaving WTEM's programming lineup in flux. In addition to Sheehan and Cooley, Bram Weinstein, who hosted a midday show since Tony Kornheiser left to run his own podcast in July 2016, and Scott Jackson and Rick "Doc" Walker, who previously hosted "Inside The Locker Room" with Brian Mitchell, are no longer part of the station's daily lineup. Walker and Cooley will remain part of the Redskins broadcasts on WTEM and WMAL this season. It's unclear whether Walker and/or Cooley will return to hosting a weekday show on the station, the Bog's Scott Allen adds.....

Matt K. Baker Joins Hoss - 8/15 - DC-Baltimore area voice great Matt K. Baker tells us that he's signed with Hoss Management to boost his radio imaging work. Currently, he's been busy doing promos for Discovery's cable TV nets and CuriosityStream, along with commercials for the Rescue Rooter franchises across the USA and aeveral series running on the American Heros Channel. Contact Matt at mattspeaking.com.....

WHFS Founder Bill Tynan Dies - 8/13 - Bill Tynan, who put Bethesda's WHFS, 102.3, the DC area's first stereo station, on the air in 1961, died August 7 in Kerrville, Texas. He was 91. Originally a classical music station, in the 1970s, WHFS became a pioneer progressive rock music outlet, which later moved to 99.1 through 2005. Currently, 102.3 sports Urban One's adult urban contemporary WMMJ. More on Tynan, who was also heavily involed in the American Rado Satellite or AMSAT organization, is at arrl.org.....

FCC Wrath Aimed At Sinclair - 8/13 - Baltimore-based Sinclair's still in the woodshed with the Federal Communications Commission, reports Tom Taylor Now. Sure, its $3.9 billion merger attempt with Tribune cratered last week - but as Harry Jessell writes at TVNewsCheck, "Right now, Sinclair can't buy a low power [TV] station in Death Valley." That's because while the Tribune mega-merger flopped, the FCC's referral to an in-house administrative law judge to investigate potential "misrepresentation" and "lack of candor" is still active. That focuses on Sinclair's practice of using closely-connected sidecar companies to buy stations that Sinclair actually controls and manages. There's also Tribune's just-filed $1 billion breach of contract suit, but the FCC isn't involved in that.....

DCRTV Media Chat - 8/9 - DCRTV Dave did a media, radio, TV live chat on YouTube at 1 PM August 9. Topics included Tribune pulling out of Sinclair merger, changes at WTEM, the latest DC and Baltimore radio ratings, and much more. Missed it? No problem! You can catch the replay at youtube.com/dcrtv or below.....


Tribune Pulls Out Of Sinclair Merger Deal - 8/9 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group's bid to become a nationwide powerhouse collapsed as Chicago-based Tribune Media Company withdrew from a planned merger that drew the ire of federal regulators. Tribune announced its withdrawal from the $3.9 billion transaction in a emailed statement August 9, three weeks after regulators questioned Sinclair's honesty. Tribune said it has filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court against Sinclair seeking compensation for losses incurred as a result of "Sinclair's material breaches" of the merger agreement. The Federal Communications Commission on July 18 sent the deal to a hearing by the agency's administrative law judge, citing possible misrepresentations or lack of candor in some proposed station divestitures. Hearings can take months, and the prospect of enduring one killed previous deals. More from Bloomberg. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 7/WJLA and Channel 45/WBFF. Tribune owns Channel 50/WDCW.....

Ravens Radio Changes - 8/9 - Two former Ravens will join Gerry Sandusky in the booth for the 2018 Baltimore Ravens season and another former Raven will be doing some sideline reporting. Ravens players Dennis Pitta, Jarret Johnson, and Justin Forsett will return for a second season, joining Ravens play-by-play announcer Gerry Sandusky, who begins his 12th year as the radio voice of the Ravens. Both Dennis and Jarret will provide Ravens broadcast color and analysis during the upcoming season. Forsett will be reporting from the sideline for all Ravens road games. 98 Rock, WIYY afternoon personality Kirk McEwen (right) will be reporting from the sidelines during the Ravens home games. In addition, long-time Ravens broadcaster Stan White will have an expanded role offering analysis and insight before and after each Ravens game all season on 98 Rock and news talker WBAL-AM, 1090. McEwen and Joe Robinson will host the pre-game "Ravens Gameday" shows during the regular season. More at 98online.com.....

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