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Nats & MASN Near Money Agreement? - 11/14 - Might the Washington Nationals' drawn-out revenue dispute with MASN be finally inching toward a resolution? The Washington Post has the latest.....

21 Big Years: Support DCRTV & Get A Sticker - 11/14 - DCRTV started in September 1997 and we're celebrating our big 21st birthday. 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.....

7's News Director To Leave - 11/13 - Mitch Jacobs announced today that he's leaving his post as news director for DC's Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate, Channel 7/WJLA. In a staff memo, he writes: "I made the decision to take a break from daily news for a while. I've been in this industry for more years than I care to count and, after celebrating a birthday on Monday, I feel I'm ready for a break. This move will also give me the opportunity to spend some quality time with my mom, who has not been well." More as we hear it.....

Season 4 "Our Town": Andy Ockershausen Interviews DC Power Players - 11/13 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures starts its fourth big season! With new interviews released every Tuesday and Thursday. The latest: former Redskins player Freed Smoot and Junior League President Tycely Williams at ourtowndc.com......

Bill Quinn Dies - 11/13 - DCRTV hears that area radio veteran Bill Quinn died November 9 at his home in Syracuse NY. He once programmed Baltimore's WBJC, WLPL, and WSID as well as the DC area's WINX. During his lengthy career, Quinn also worked at stations in Syracuse and Utica NY as well as Providence RI.....

David Purvis Joins WETA - 11/10 - David Purvis has been chief financial officer of DC area public broadcaster WETA, effective November 13. He succeeds Jason Daisey, who was promoted to WETA chief operating officer in July. Purvis comes from Discovery Communications.....

Albie Dee Joins The Drive - 11/6 - Longtime DC radio personality Albie Dee joins Entercom's new classic hits 94.7 The Drive, WIAD. He'll be doing the afternoon drive slot, starting November 14. Dee’s background includes on-air and programming positions at WPGC and WIHT in Washington as well as well as WWMX and WZBA in Baltimore. Entercom Washington DC VP Programming and 94.7 The Drive Program Director Steve Davis says Dee was the obvious choice to be the station's first talent hire. "Albie Dee is a radio legend in DC, and I am beyond excited to have him return to the market as the first personality on 94.7 The Drive." Davis expects to make further talent additions before the holidays. For Dee, it's a trip home to the Nation's Capital. "I am so excited to come back home to the DMV to play on the radio," he says.....

MASN Ends Relationship With Ray Knight - 11/6 - Ray Knight, a fixture on MASN's pre- and postgame Washington Nationals coverage since 2007, will not return next season, the Washington Post reports. The network did not pick up his 2019 contract option, according to people familiar with the situation. MASN pulled Knight off its broadcasts in mid-September, and did not provide any official explanation for the move. But a person with direct knowledge of that decision said the network pulled Knight after he was involved in a verbal altercation with a member of the MASN production team - an exchange in which Knight berated a MASN employee with an expletive-laden tirade, the Post reports. Knight, 65, did not have a spotless history before the incident. In October 2017, he was arrested for assault-and-battery in connection with an incident at the home he was renting in Alexandria - an altercation that left Knight with a bite on his hand so severe it required stitches. The charges were dropped after he reached a deal with the other party, an unnamed male acquaintance, the Post adds.....

45's Vytas Reid Passes Out On Air - 11/2 - Channel 45/WBFF viewers were concerned when chief meteorologist Vytas Reid collapsed while on the air November 1. According to TV Spy, it happened during his first hit of the Sinclair station's 4 PM newscast. Reid was in the middle of giving local temps when his speech began slowing down and then he collapsed. The director kept the shot up for a few seconds after it happened, and the production crew can be heard saying "Vitas," while running toward him to help. The station went to break right after that. Anchor Jennifer Gilbert did not address Reid's collapse when she came back from break. But the station did post a photo later Facebook saying Reid was OK, suffering from low blood sugar after having not eaten anything in a while.....

Sports Capital Shutting Down - 10/31 - The guys who started the subscription-based Sports Capitol local DC area professional sports news website eight months ago are calling it quits. Their write-ups will now be featured on the NBC Sports Washington website, which is subscription-free. Refunds will be coming to Sports Capitol subscribers. More thesportscapitol.com.....

WTOP Tops October DC Radio Ratings - 10/31 - The Washington market radio ratings for October. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR and WASH, 6) WMAL, 7) WGTS, 8) WRQX, 9) WBIG, 10) WIHT, 11) WJFK-FM and WETA-FM, 13) WKYS, 14) WPGC, 15) WMZQ, 16) WWDC, 17) WPRS, 18) WIAD, 19) WLZL, 20) WFRE, 21) WTEM, 22) WDCN and WDCH, 24) WBQH, 25) WFMD, 26) WJFK STREAM and WIAD HD2.....

WWIN Tops October Baltimore Radio Ratings - 10/31 - 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WZBA, 4) WLIF and WPOC, 6) WJZ-FM and WWMX, 8) WIYY, 9) WQSR, 10 WZFT, 11) WCBM, 12) WYPR, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WBJC, 15) WLIF HD2, 16) WEAA, 17) WQLL, 18) WCAO, 19) WJZ-AM.....

New DCRTV Job Ads - 10/26 - Alpha Media in Fredericksburg is looking for an account executive and an assistant program director. Those are the latest job ads at DCRTV's Job Ads page.....

Bomb Scare At WMAL & WRQX - 10/25 - Employees at the Jenifer Street northwest DC studios of Cumulus's news-talk WMAL, 105.9/630, and hot adult contemporary WRQX, 107.3, had to evacuate today after DC police responded to a report of a suspicious package. Police later gave an all-clear. The incident comes after PVC pipe bombs were sent to several high-profile critics of President Trump and CNN offices in New York City. WMAL broadcasts a largely pro-Trump line-up of programming. Larry O'Connor, who hosts the afternpoon drive show for WMAL, Tweeted a photo of police blocking off the street. O'Connor said he saw the package and it did not look like the suspicious packages sent to high-profile Democrats. More at nbcwashington.com.....

Annie Yu Jumps From 5 to 9 - 10/25 - Last week, DCRTV told you that Cori Coffin has been promoted from her role as a general assignment reporter to morning news anchor at Channel 5/WTTG. Coffin, who came to DC's Fox 5 in 2017 from KVUE-TV in Austin TX, replaces longtime anchor Annie Yu on the weekend morning desk. Now, this week, DCRTV hears that Yu has switched to Channel 9/WUSA, where she'll be seen on the station's morning news show, "Wake Up Washington" from 4:30 AM to 7 AM.....

MPT Honors Ennis & Goss - 10/25 - Maryland Public Television unveiled two new stars on its Walk Of Fame during an October 11 ceremony on its Owings Mills campus. The stars salute internationally known jazz musician Ethel Ennis and locally-based car-care guru Pat Goss, via MPT's nationally-syndicated "Motorweek," for their longtime on-air contributions to state's public TV network......

Radio Sputnik Middleman Resists Registering As Foreign Agent - 10/23 - From Tom Taylor Now: "The middleman in Russia’s Radio Sputnik deal in Washington DC resists registering as a foreign agent. Arnold Ferolito's RM Broadcasting just sued the Department Of Justice, asking for a declaratory ruling that he shouldn't be forced to register under FARA – the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938. He insists he's not 'a publicity agent' or 'information services employee' of the Russian government. The 76-year-old Ferolito’s had a number of businesses, including the Video Services Corporation that was sold to Liberty Media in 2000. In 2010 he opened RM Broadcasting, 'a company engaging in the business of leasing broadcast airtime.' Some of that airtime came from Arthur Liu's DC-area WZHF, 1390. In 2016, Ferolito approached Sputnik International. His suit describes Sputnik as 'a news agency, news website platform and radio broadcast service established by Rossiya Segodnya, which is a Russian Federation government-owned news agency.' In late 2017, he and Rossiya Segodnya signed a services agreement. But RM Broadcasting says it merely 're-sold radio airtime for a monetary profit.' And that Ferolito's company did not 'participate in, own, control, operate or have any decision-making authority' over content. Furthermore, RM says it complied with FCC rules about the hourly sponsorship ID. The suit says the Justice Department 'continues to demand' that RM register – thus the “complaint for declaratory judgment'... from the court filing in Florida. The Sputnik programming airs on WZHF and a translator at 105.5".....

Matt K. Baker Joins Hoss - 10/22 - 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.....

Man Shot At WTTG Building - 10/22 - From wtop.com: A security guard shot a man attempting to break in to Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG's offices on Wisconsin Avenue in northwest DC on Monday afternoon. Just after 3 PM, the man kicked his way through two sets of glass doors and was confronted by a security guard in the lobby who shot him once in the upper body. The suspect was responsive when he was taken to the hospital. The man was unarmed at the time of the break-in. Police are investigating. No one else was hurt during the shooting, the WTOP report adds.....

Washington Post Remembers Bill Mayhugh - 10/20 - The Washington Post runs its obit for longtime WMAL radio personality Bill Mayhugh, who died October 12 on his 91st birthday. During his lengthy DC radio career, he also worked at WOL and WFAX. On WMAL, Mayhugh had an overnight jazz and easy-listening program for almost 30 years and helped raise millions of dollars for charity and was a founder of the Marine Corps Marathon. He was at WMAL until 1993.....

Jeff Leonard Dies - 10/20 - From DCRTV's 10/20 Mailbag: "Very sad to see that Jeff Leonard, former afternoon drive host of WKYS, has passed away, at 70, from cancer. In the early 80s it was a pleasure to have spent some time as the board operator while Jeff and newsman Joe DeCapua did their thing. Jeff had this really subtle hand cue that he'd give, when it was time to roll the music as he did a talkup. I remember having to focus really intently to avoid missing it. (I seem to recall he had to re-cue me a few times). But, the show was great, Jeff was a total pro. My best to those who love him most. Neal Augenstein".....

WTOPer Rich Johnson Does Podcasts - 10/18 - Rich Johnson, occasional WTOP anchor, has been deep into a new podcast project - a new daily show and a company to produce many more podcasts. The show, now about two months old, is called "That's Gold! With Steve Hytner." He's the veteran comedian and actor best known for uttering those famous words on "Seinfeld." He and Johnson talk sports, gambling, Vegas, pop culture, Hollywood, and more for about 45 minutes every Monday through Friday. Find the shows and more at www.thatsgold.gold.....

"Capitol Kid" Gets Good Reviews - 10/18 - "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.....

Dude Walker Update - 10/18 - DCRTV hears from DC and Baltimore voice legend Dude Walker. He's updates his website at dudewalker.com. It now works with tablets and phones too. With the mid-term election season is going strong Dude's been voicing spots for Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Gavin Newsome in California. Also, he just wrapped up his third season as narrator on Discovery's "Dead Silent," along with imaging work on Westwood One's Classic Country channel and the University Of Virginia sports radio network. And wait, there's more. He was the live announcer at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala in Washington DC.....

Cristina Mayer To Handle iHeart Marketing - 10/17 - iHeart selects Cristina Mayer as marketing director for its DC-Basltimore radio cluster. She comes from Mimi Brown Studio in New York City where she most recently served as production manager. She has also served as the director of marketing for LeadDog Marketing Group in New York City as well as the manager for programming and music initiatives for Entercom. She began her career at CBS Radio.....

Bill Mayhugh Dies - 10/13 - DCRTV hears that legendary WMAL all-night man Bill Mayhugh had died. After growing up in DC, he came to work at WMAL in 1962. He was famous for hosting the Leukemia Radiothon which grew from an in-studio fundraiser to an all-night marathon at area hotels. He led the way for current mega fundraisers for leukemia raising millions of dollars with the help from area unions like Washington Builing Trades and the Bartender's Ball. Former WMAL president Andy Ockershausen said Mayhugh established a relationship with night-time listeners of WMAL unlike any other radio personality. More soon.....

Salem Puts 1260 Up For Sale - 10/11 - It looks like Salem is selling its Silver Spring-based 1260 AM signal, WSPZ - radiotvdeals.com. The station has been relaying Christian talker WAVA-FM, 105.1, ever since Salem moved the righty politcal talk of "The Answer" from 1260 to 570, now WWRC, which was purchased from Redskins owner Dan Snyder's now defunct Red Zebra radio arm earlier this year.....

Federal News Radio Tweaks Name - 10/9 - Hubbard changes the name of all-newser WTOP's sister station, the federal government-oriented news and talk service Federal News Radio, to Federal News Network. According to a news release, it's "a move aimed at highlighting its many distribution platforms and channels including on-air, online, podcasts, video, and more." The programming will still be heard on 1500 AM, WFED, and via the web at federalnewsnetwork.com. "Our reporters, editors, radio hosts, and producers will continue to find and share the most important news of the day across all platforms, making Federal News Network a great meeting place for thought-leaders to have conversations, share ideas and discuss topics meaningful to the federal workforce," says Lisa Wolfe, editor-in-chief.....

Bill Elliott Rolls Out 3DSJ Radio Network - 10/7 - 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.....

WBQB Welcomes Former Fresh Listeners - 10/5 - Centennial's hot adult contemporary B101.5, WBQB, is running an imaging campaign welcoming former 94.7 Fresh FM listeners to the Fredericksburg-based station. Operations Manager Chuck Archer explains, "A lot of Fresh FM listeners felt abandoned after Entercom’s decision to flip to classic hits. We have been hot AC for over 28 years and welcome all former Fresh listeners to the B101.5 family." WBQB can be easily received throughout the southern DC metro. As we've reported, Entercom's 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, recently flipped to a 1980s-based classic hits format.....

Warner Wolf Loses Suit Against Don Imus - 10/5 - Legendary sportscaster Warner Wolf has lost his age discrimination lawsuit against longtime radio personality Don Imus. "Due to the fact that Wolf is a Florida resident that worked in Florida, he lacks any viable claims... since the impact of any alleged discriminatory conduct would have been in Florida," a Manhattan judge wrote. Wolf, who worked at DC's Channel 9, then WTOP-TV, in the 1970s, alleged in his suit filed in February that the shock jock had routinely mocked his senior status before firing him in 2016. Imus, 78, made "inappropriate" remarks about Wolf's age like "time to put (Wolf) out to pasture" and "shoot him with an elephant dart gun," according to the suit. More at nydailynews.com.....

New 94.7: Classic Hits - 10/3 - Pop, rock, and soul classic hits mainly from the 1980s and neighboring decades is the new format for Entercom's 94.7 WIAD, which, as DCRTV first reported yesterday, dropped its hot adult contemporary "Fresh" format along with most of its air staff, including Tommy McFly's morning show. The new ID as "94.7 The Drive" debuted at 5 PM today. "DC's Greatest Hits" kicked off with tunes from Prince, the Simple Minds, Yes, Michael Jackson, and Duran Duran. Steve Davis will remain the station's program director. So far, no airstaff, just music.....

Former WJLA Weatherman Gets Involved In Supreme Court Nominee Proceedings - 10/2 - From broadcastingcable.com: "The Senate Judiciary Committee majority was circulating a signed statement Tuesday from Dennis Ketterer, former Democratic congressional candidate and former weatherman at WJLA-TV Washington, questioning the allegations of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick. Swetnick, a federal employee, claimed she witnessed Kavanaugh engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct, including nonconsensual sex, during multiple high school parties. Ketterer alleges he had a relationship with Swetnick in the 1990's and that when he asked her father whether he should bring her on to his campaign, he told Ketterer she had psychological problems and other issues, according to excerpts from the statement released by the committee".....

Entercom & Redskins Do Deal - 10/2 - Entercom, which owns DC sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, does a partnership deal with the Washington Redskins. Even though the team's games are heard via Cumulus news talker WMAL and Urban One sports talker WTEM, WJFK and Entercom's other DC area stations, including WPGC, WIAD, and WLZL, "will provide coverage of the team across all platforms," according to an Entercom announcement. Also, Spanish language broadcasts of all Redskins games will be heard on Entercom's El Zol Deportes, WJFK-AM, 1580, with primetime games also heard on WLZL, El Zol 107.9. More at thefandc.radio.com.....

McFly & Air Staff Out At 94.7 Fresh, Oldies Coming? - 10/2 - DCRTV hears that Entercom has blown out almost the entire air staff of WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM, including Tommy McFly and his morning show, and is planning to flip format tomorrow. Gone will be the contemporary hit-skewing hot adult contemporary tunes that were running up against iHeart's Hot 99.5 and Cumulus's Mix 107.3. Also on the outs: Jen Richer, Kelly Collis, Dana McKay, and Britt Waters. DCRTV's staff of prognosticators suggests that new market manager Phil Zachary will probably put rock and pop oldies on Bethesda's 94.7, a la what Entercom (formerly CBS Radio) has done so successfully in NYC (WCBS-FM) and Philadelphia (WOGL). There's also a rumor that we could get a resurrection of progressive rocker WHFS, which Zachary once oversaw before its demise in 2005. Other possibilities: A better signal for Spanish tropical El Zol or some sort of newsy talk output to compete with market ratings leaders WTOP and WAMU. Stay tuned. More: Look for the new format to debut on 94.7 at 5 PM Wednesday. Yet more at washingtonpost.com.....

WTOP Tops September Radio Ratings For DC - 10/2 - The September monthly radio ratings for the Washington DC market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WGTS, 6) WMAL, 7) WASH, 8) WRQX, 9) WBIG, 10) WKYS and WJFK-FM, 12) WIHT and WETA-FM, 14) WPGC, 15) WMZQ, 16) WWDC, 17) WIAD, 18) WPRS, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WDCH, 24) WBQH, 25) WFMD, 26) WWDC-HD2 and WTOP-HD3 and WIHT-HD2 and WFED.....

WWIN Tops September Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 10/2 - The September monthly radio ratings for the Baltimore market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WIYY, 5) WWMC, 6) WLIF, 7) WQSR, 8) WZBA, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WZFT, 11) WBJC, 12) WCBM and WYPR, 14) WBAL-AM, 15) WLIF-HD2, 16) WEAA, 17) WQLL, 18) WCAO, 19) WJZ-AM and WJZ-FM-STREAM and WPOC-HD2 and WWMX-HD2.....

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